Sheroes Cup 2022 Released Fixtures, Results and Stats, The Sheroes Cup (originally called the Naija Ratels Pre-Season Championship and then the Flying Officers Cup) is an annual pre-season competition for women’s association football teams in Africa.
The tournament usually features elite teams from the Nigeria Women’s Premier League, as well as neighboring African countries, and is supported by the Nigeria Women’s Football League. Since the first edition in 2019, it has been described as the biggest pre-season tournament for women’s club football in Nigeria.
Just before the start of the second edition, it was renamed the “Flying Officers Cup” to honor and kill Nigeria’s first female helicopter pilot who died recently, Tolulope Arotile.
In 2021, there was a hundred percent increase in prize money from the 2020 edition. The first, second, third and fourth teams will get ₦1,000,000, ₦500,000, ₦300,000 and ₦200,000 respectively.
Sheroes Cup 2022 Released Fixtures, Results and Stats
The second edition saw the introduction of prize money, as well as the removal of entry fees due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on participating teams. It was also officially endorsed by the Nigerian Women’s Football League.
The venue for the competition was moved from Benue State to Abuja. Bayelsa Queens emerged victorious through the preliminary group stage, then the knockout stage match format.
The third edition saw the adoption of an organizing committee that included many national stakeholders in women’s football. The participating teams were divided into two groups.
The winners of each group advanced to the semi-finals, while the second and third placed teams played off in a match for third place. The fourth edition saw the introduction of foreign-based players, as well as the use of a knock-out format in place of group stages.
Prize money was also increased significantly, and contests involving other African countries were offered for the first time. The number of teams has also been increased to 12. The tournament is scheduled to start on November 4.
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