Are You Ready for Women’s Football?
For those of you new to women’s soccer or international football in general, Women’s FIFA kicks off June 7th in France and will continue for the next month. And the women’s team is the one to watch. Sorry fellas but the men’s soccer simply has not been as exciting, especially for U.S. soccer than the U.S. Women’s team. Men’s team plays next in 2021, alternating between the women’s teams every four years just like the winter and summer Olympics.
The FIFA World Cup™ is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world. The competition has been played every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except for 1942 and 1946 when the Second World War took precedence.
The tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation over a period of one month. This year’s FIFA will be hosted in France. A qualification phase, the Preliminary Competition which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation.
The preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup typically sees more than 200 entries across six continents competing for 31 available spots.
FIFA Women’s World Cup will be competitive from start to finish when it kicks off on Friday, June 7, from France. The U.S. women will look to defend their championship title. The Americans enter this summer’s tournament as the odds-on favorites at 7-4. However, the competition will be fierce this year with the likes of France (7-2), Germany (11-2), England (7-1), Netherlands (16-1) and Japan (16-1) all expected to be in contention for the title. France will be looking to capture its first Women’s World Cup trophy on its home soil, while the Germans can tie USA with three titles if they’re able to stave off the competition this summer.
Although no women on any of the World Cup teams qualify as Silver Sagers, most of the top coaches qualify. Jill Ellis (52) heads the U.S. team. Other top coaches include Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (50) of Germany, England’s Phil Neville (42), Sarina Wiegman (50) of the Netherlands and Japan’s Asako Takakura (50). France is hoping to win gold with Corinne Diacre (44).
Stay tuned for game highlights throughout the tournament!
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