Olympic and world champions United States will be aiming for success in their home pool ©Getty Images

Olympic and world champions United States will hope to utilise home advantage at the Women's Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament which begins in Lewisville tomorrow.

The US will begin the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Swimming tournament with a clash against Brazil.

Six countries are taking part in all, with every side meeting each other in the initial round round robin phase before the top two from the group meet in the final.

The tournament serves as an Americas/Asia/Pacific qualifier for the FINA World League Super Final which will take place in Shanghai in China between June 7 and 12.

Other opening games at the Westside Aquatic Centre, which is about 25 miles north of Dallas, will see Australia take on China and Japan face Canada.

The US will open against Olympic hosts Brazil
The US will open against Olympic hosts Brazil ©Getty Images

For the Chinese, only winning the tournament will be at stake as they have been given a host nation's berth for Shanghai.

The US won the Olympic title at London 2012, beating Spain 8-5 in the final to claim their first gold medal in the event.

They backed this up at last year's World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, when they saw off The Netherlands 5-4 in the final.

Despite theses successes, the US will need to make their way through a qualifying tournament in the Dutch city of Gouda in March to seal their place at the Rio 2016 Olympics in August.

Australia, Hungary and China are the only countries to book their place alongside hosts Brazil so far.