The Untold Preview of the Women’s World Cup

By Andrew Crawshaw

The Women’s World Cup gets underway this coming Friday (7th June) when hosts France take on South Korea in the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.  The semi finals and final will be held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnaise in Lyon.

There are 24 countries taking part in six groups of four.  I have listed the current Arsenal players included in the squads for each country :-

Group A

  • France – FIFA rank 4 (Pauline Peyraud-Magnin)
  • South Korea  FIFA rank 11
  • Norway – FIFA rank 12
  • Nigeria – FIFA rank 38

Group B

  • Germany – FIFA rank 2 (Leonie Maier, a new signing from Bayern Munich)
  • PR China – FIFA rank 15
  • Spain – FIFA rank 13
  • South Africa – FIFA rank 49

Group C

  • Australia – FIFA rank 6
  • Italy – FIFA rank 15
  • Brazil – FIFA rank 10
  • Jamaica – FIFA rank 53

Group D

  • England – FIFA rank 3 (Leah Williamson, Beth Mead)
  • Scotland – FIFA rank 20 (Kim Little, Lisa Evans and Jennifer Beattie who is expected to sign later this summer)
  • Argentina – FIFA rank 37
  • Japan – FIFA rank 7

Group E

  • Canada – FIFA rank 5
  • Cameroon – FIFA rank 46
  • New Zealand – FIFA rank 19
  • Netherlands – FIFA rank 11 ( Danielle Van de Donk, Jill Roord a new signing from Bayern Munich, Viviane Miedema and former players Sari Van Veenendaal and Dominique Bloodworth)

Group F

  • United States – FIFA rank 1
  • Thailand – FIFA rank 34
  • Chile – FIFA rank 39
  • Sweden – FIFA rank 9

The bookies have the United Stares as 2-1 favourites to retain the Cup they won last time.  France are at 7-2, Germany 11-2, England 7-1, Japan and the Netherlands 14-1, Sweden, Australia, Brazil and Canada at 20-1.  The rank outsiders are Jamaica and Thailand at 1,000-1.  It is hard to argue that the semi finalists won’t come from the six most fancied teams, although Canada won’t be far away.

The matches are being played in the following Venues

  • Paris – Parc des Princes, 47,500 capacity
  • Montpellier – Stade de la Mosson, 19,500 capacity
  • Nice – Stade de Nice, 35,100 capacity
  • Valenciennes – Stade du Hainault, 22,600 capacity
  • Lyon – Stade de Lyon, 57,900 capacity – his stadium will host both semi-finals and the final but none of the earlier matches.
  • Reims – Stade Auguste-Delaune, capacity 20,500
  • Le Havre – Stade Oceane, capacity 24,000
  • Grenoble – Stade des Alpes, capacity 18,000
  • Rennes – Roazhon Park, 28,600 capacity

Here are the group fixtures (I believe that the kickoff times are UK, but please double check against the scheduled TV broadcasts) :-

Group A France South Korea Norway  Nigeria
France 07/06 Paris 20:00 12/06, Nice, 20:00
South Korea 17:06, Reims, 20:00
Norway 08/06,Reims, 20:00
Nigeria 17/06, Rennes, 20:00 12/06, Grenoble 14:00


Group B Germany PR China Spain South Africa
Germany 08/06, Rennes, 14:00 12/06, Valenciennes, 17:00
PR China 17/06, Le Havre, 17:00
Spain 08/06 Le Havre, 17:00
South Africa 17/07, Montpellier, 17:00 13/06, Paris, 21:00


Group C Australia Italy Brasil Jamaica
Australia 09/06, Valenciennes, 12:00 13/06, Montpellier, 17:00
Italy 18/06, Valenciennes, 20:00
Brasil 09/06, Grenoble, 14:30
Jamaica 18/06, Grenoble, 20:00 14/06, Reims, 17:00


Group D England Scotland Argentina Japan
England 09/06, Nice, 17:00 14/06, Le Havre, 20:00
Scotland 19/06, Paris, 20:00
Argentina 10/06, Paris, 17:00
Japan 19/06, Nice, 20:00 14/06, Rennes, 14:00


Group E Canada Cameroon New Zealand Netherlands
Canada 10/06, Montpellier, 20:00 15/06, Grenoble, 20:00
Cameroon 20/06, Montpellier, 17:00
New Zealand 11/06 Le Havre, 14:00
Netherlands 20/06, Reims, 17:00 15/06, Valenciennes, 14:00


Group F USA Thailand Chile


USA 11/06, Reims, 20:00 16/06, Paris, 17:00
Thailand 20/06, Rennes, 20:00
Chile 11/06, Rennes, 17:00
Sweden 20/06, Le Havre, 20:00 16/06, Nice, 14:00

The knockout stage of the competition starts with a round of 16 – the 12 group winners and runners up plus the four best teams of those remaining.  The rules are, as ever with FIFA, a little obtuse, so I’ll do an update post later in the competition. 

These matches take place between 22 and 25 June,  the quarter finals are 27 to 29 June, the semis on 02 and 03 July and the final is on 07 July in Nice with a 16:00 kickoff.

In the UK the BBC will be showing every match live, some on BBC1, some on BBC2 and some on the sport red button or BBC Sport website.  The Punditry team includes our own Alex Scott so should be at a different level of expertise from the normal male bunch of ‘know-nothings’.

My pick of the group games are:-

Group A – South Korea v Norway (17/06).  These are the closest two teams in the group in terms of FIFA ranking and on paper should provide a good close fought contest and this may well decide second place in the group which I expect France to win comfortably.

Group B – Germany v Spain (12/06).  Germany should win this group easily but Spain are emerging rapidly in terms of qiuality andit will be interesting to see how close they push Germany. 

Group C – Australia v Brasil (13/06).  Not a lot to chose between these two sides on paper, could be a cracker!

Group D – England v Scotland (09/06).  Potentially 5 Arsenal players involved and and sporting contests between England and our Northern neighbours tend to be feisty occasions.  I just hope that the Arsenal players emerge unscathed! Also England v Japan (19/6), I would expect these two teams to top the group so on paper likely to be the best match in the group.

Group E – All three Netherlands games (11, 15 & 20/06) (our Vivianne Miedema is my tip for the tournament’s golden boot so I will be watching to see how many she scores)

Group F – Sweden v USA (20/06).  Both of these teams are far superior to Thailand and Chile and so this game is the only one likely to present a real skills showcase.

With no Arsenal matches in the near future you should all be able to get a ‘football fix’ from some of these games and there will be some partisan interest in seeing how our players perform.

9 Replies to “The Untold Preview of the Women’s World Cup”

  1. Nice to pass the time (just over a month before we start with some action…) 🙂

  2. BT once our partners now advertise the winners of all the top level competitions where English teams won but very obviously do not show Arsenals womens Super League victory. It is so damned blatant bias.

    Arsenal should remove any BT advertisement from our games & stadia.

  3. Walter……women’s Football is highly entertaining, technically impressive and tactically more intelligent than the men’s game. It is Football in its purest form since most of the ladies don’t adhere to the SAF version of football:

    kick it up them – they don’t like it!

    dive at every opportunity,

    fake injuries like your life depended on it,

    try and deceive the referee or assistants at every opportunity,

    harass the officials whenever you can get away with it,

    if you can’t win by skill and ability, win by cheating, subterfuge, brutality and/or blatant thuggery…….

  4. Hope to watch Arsenal’s women players in action for their respective nations . Not sure if my cable operator will be screening the games.
    Thanks , Andrew for keeping us in the know.

  5. Women’s football has improved a lot definitely, but women’s referees now more retarded than say mike riley or mike dean. Even after viewing VAR , still gave wrong decision. I do not trust women referees nor drivers.

  6. Okay I know it’s very offensive to bracket any referee together with mike riley but Tony please share your view on the 3rd Australian goal against Brazil. With such an experienced referee and in such a major tournament, the decision demonstrates the absurd level of incompetency in woman refereeing or understanding of the rules.

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