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Feature   Know Your Military

U.S. Hosts 10 Countries at Soccer Championship

July 11, 2022 | BY David Vergun , DOD News

The U.S. is hosting an international soccer championship for military women — the World Military Women's Football Championship — beginning today in Spokane, Washington.

The International Military Sports Council, or CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire) is sponsoring the event, which runs through July 22 and is hosted by nearby Fairchild Air Force Base. Ten countries are participating in the championship games, the 13th such event.

Woman plays soccer.
Jada Sergeant
Navy Airman Jada Sergeant, with the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Soccer Team, practices for the World Military Women’s Football Championship in Spokane, Wash., July 9, 2022. The event is sponsored by the International Military Sports Council, also known as CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire), and hosted by Fairchild Air Force Base.
Photo By: EJ Hersom, DOD
VIRIN: 120709-D-DB155-003C

The passion and energy in the U.S. team is incredible, Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Scotti Culton, defender No. 7, said.

"It's a one team, one fight mentality," she said, adding that the U.S. team has been practicing from early in the morning to late at night.

"We hype each other up every day even though our muscles are aching," she said.

Army 1st Lt. Nikiay Comer, forward No. 2, said everyone is focused on the team from Belgium in this afternoon's game.

A goalie deflects a soccer ball.
Kelly Fitzgerald
Army Capt. Kelly Fitzgerald, of the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Soccer Team, makes a save during practice for the World Military Women’s Football Championship in Spokane, Wash. July 10, 2022. The event is sponsored by the International Military Sports Council, also known as CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire) and hosted by at Fairchild Air Force Base.
Photo By: EJ Hersom, DOD
VIRIN: 220710-D-DB155-001C
Women play soccer.
Erica Jarmer
Army Capt. Erica Jarmer, with the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Soccer Team, kicks a ball during practice for the World Military Women’s Football Championship in Spokane, Wash., July 9, 2022. The event is sponsored by the International Military Sports Council’s, also known as CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire), and hosted by Fairchild Air Force Base.
Photo By: EJ Hersom, DOD
VIRIN: 220709-D-DB155-002C

"They're a strong team with good talent, but so are we," she said.

The schedule is:

  • July 11: U.S. vs. Belgium and Germany vs. Ireland.
  • July 12: South Korea vs. Canada and Netherlands vs. France.
  • July 13: Belgium vs. Germany and Cameroon vs. U.S.
  • July 14: Canada vs. Netherlands and Mali vs. South Korea.
  • July 15: Ireland vs. Cameroon and Germany vs. U.S.
  • July 16: France vs. Mali and Netherlands vs. South Korea.
  • July 17: Cameroon vs. Germany and Ireland vs. Belgium.
  • July 18: Mali vs. Netherlands and France vs. Canada.
  • July 19: U.S. vs. Ireland and Belgium vs. Cameroon.
  • July 20: South Korea vs. France and Canada vs. Mali.
  • July 22: Final medal matches, resulting in gold, silver and bronze. If teams are tied, a winner will be produced by holding a penalty shoot-out.

The U.S. team is called the U.S. Armed Forces Women's Soccer Team.

Soldiers march.
Women’s Soccer Team
The U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Soccer Team enters the opening ceremony for the World Military Women’s Football Championship at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash. July 10, 2022. The event is sponsored by the International Military Sports Council, also known as CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire).
Photo By: EJ Hersom, DOD
VIRIN: 220710-D-DB155-005C

Each year, CISM sponsors world military championships in 26 sports on international and regional levels.

Other CISM sporting events are: aeronautical pentathlon, archery, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, climbing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, golf, judo, military pentathlon, modern pentathlon, naval pentathlon, orienteering, parachuting, sailing, shooting, skiing, swimming and lifesaving, taekwondo, track and field, triathlon, volleyball, and wrestling.

CISM also hosts the Military World Summer and Winter Games every four years.

Soldier stands between two people dressed in costumes.
Despicable Me
A Malian soldier stands between two characters in the “Despicable Me” movie franchise in Spokane, Wash., July 10, 2022.Mali is one of 10 countries participating in the World Military Women’s Football Championship at Fairchild Air Force Base. The event is sponsored by the International Military Sports Council, also known as CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire).
Photo By: David Vergun, DOD
VIRIN: 220710-D-UB488-001C

CISM's mission is to endorse friendship among armed forces personnel from all nations through sports activities, thus enabling the physical training, military readiness and education for them.

The organization aims to enhance mutual respect and solidarity and promote peace.