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|Dates||14–20 March 2004|
|Teams||12 (from 3 confederations)|
|Champions||United States (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||69 (2.88 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Abby Wambach|
|Best player(s)||Shannon Boxx|
|Best goalkeeper||Sofia Lundgren|
The 2004 Algarve Cup was the 11th edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place 14–20 March 2004. The USA won the tournament defeating Norway, 4-1, in the final game.
The twelve invited teams are split into three groups that played a round-robin tournament.
Since the expansion to 12 teams in 2002, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: Groups A and B, containing the strongest ranked teams, are the only ones in contention to win the title. The group A and B winners contest the final – to win the Algarve Cup. The runners-up play for third place, and those that finish third in the groups play for fifth place. The teams in Group C played for places 7–12. The winner of Group C played the team that finished fourth in Group A or B (whichever has the better record) for seventh place. The Group C runner-up played the team who finishes last in Group A or B (with the worse record) for ninth place. The third and fourth-placed teams in Group C played for the eleventh place.
Points awarded in the group stage followed the standard formula of three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss. In the case of two teams being tied on the same amount of points in a group, their head-to-head result determined the higher place.
|2004 Algarve Cup|