For the second consecutive year, U.S. Soccer used a custom award created by Bennett Awards to crown its Tournament of Nations champion. The Tournament of Nations is an international women’s soccer tournament, consisting of a series of friendly games between 4 different women’s national teams (WNT). The tournament is held in a round robin format, with each team playing the other teams one time. The tournament champion is decided by points: teams get 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. The 2018 tournament featured the national teams from the United States, Australia, Brazil and Japan. The U.S. WNT brought home the 2018 custom champion’s trophy, defeating Brazil 4-1 in its final match. Australia finished 2nd, followed by Brazil and Japan.
The champion’s trophy used for this tournament was the same design originally created for last year’s inaugural tournament. Last year, Bennett Awards worked with U.S. Soccer to create a new, unique custom award design. The main sculpture of this trophy features 4 curving, intertwined spires, with each spire representing one of the four participating teams. At the top of the sculpture, the spires spiral toward each other and hold a globe. The sculpture award is cast in pewter, and then gold plated. The sculpture is mounted on a custom polygon-shaped hardwood base. Each side of the base features personalized engravings of the tournament logo and each of the four competing teams.
The 2018 tournament was held July 26 – August 2 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.