The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is once again hosting the Women's World Cup as it does every four years. This international competition features the world's most talented female soccer players representing their native countries as they compete for soccer's ultimate glory. With 2023's competition right around the corner, now's the perfect time to get to know the tournament and its key players.
When Is the Women's World Cup?
The FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off on July 20, 2023, with a match between New Zealand and Norway. The tournament will last about a month, with the championship game scheduled for August 20.
Hosting the Women's World Cup in July avoids interference with many major professional leagues from Europe. However, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) — the United States' premier women's soccer league — will still be in-season during the World Cup. The NWSL will take a six-week break during the World Cup.
Where Will the World Cup Take Place?
The 2023 Women's World Cup will take place in Australia and New Zealand. This is the first time that two nations will co-host the Women's World Cup. Matches will take place in nine cities across Australia and New Zealand. The opening match will take place in Aukland, New Zealand, at Eden Park. The tournament will conclude at Sydney Olympic Stadium in Australia.
Did the United States Qualify?
Surprising no one, the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) qualified for the World Cup. The U.S. Womens National Team is the most successful club in the tournament's history, qualifying each year since its inception in 1991 and winning gold four times — including two consecutive championships in 2015 and 2019.
Who Are the Top Contenders?
The U.S. Women's National Team is the favorite to win the 2023 World Cup. Other top contenders include England, Germany and Spain. In the group stages,the USWNT is in Group E, alongside Vietnam, the Netherlands, and Portugal. Both Vietnam and Portugal are making their Women's World Cup debuts, and the Netherlands was the runner-up for the cup in 2019.
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