The dates and kick-off times for fixtures in this year’s Algarve Cup have been confirmed, with Scotland competing in the tournament for the first time since 2002.

Shelley Kerr’s side has been handed a rest day on matchday one of the competition, before taking on Canada on Friday, 1 March at the Estadio Municipal de Lagos, kick-off 12.15pm (UK time).

Scotland will then move on to Parchal on Monday, 4 March to take on Iceland at the Estadio Municipal da Bela Vista, with kick-off scheduled for 1pm (UK time).

The final round of matches will be confirmed following the conclusion of the group stages, as the matchday four fixtures are to be determined by a seeding process based upon the final group stage standings.

With six of the nations invited to compete at this year’s tournament having also qualified for this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the competition provides a valuable opportunity for Kerr and her players to test themselves against some of the world’s best ahead of their debut on the biggest stage this June.

It will only be Scotland’s second-ever appearance at the tournament – Head Coach Shelley Kerr herself was involved in the playing squad for the team’s inaugural appearance 17 years ago.

2019 Algarve Cup Groups
Group A: Canada, Iceland, Scotland
Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Poland
Group C: Norway, Denmark, China
Group D: Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal