Women’s football takes over the world!


From June 7 until July 7, the 24 best female national football teams prepare to play each other for the ultimate prize: world domination for the next 4 years. In the previous edition, in Canada in 2015, it was the USA that won the tournament to attain international glory. Who’s your bet on this time around? In this article we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the teams and their chances, with some interesting betting opportunities to boot!

The format

The same as the men’s tournament of last summer in Russia, this international football event also starts with a group phase. 6 groups of 4 teams will play each other once, after which the best 2 automatically qualify for the knockout phase of the tournament. The remaining seeds for the round of 16 are found in the best performers that finished their group in a third place. This could mean that a surprise nation can spring up relatively late in the tournament!

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The favourites

As the most successful nation in women’s international football, the USA has made no secret of its aspirations. The title-defending Stars and Stripes are currently ranked 1 in the world, have always qualified for participation, and played 4 finals, winning all but 1 since the start of the tournament in 1991.

Player to watch: Julie Ertz

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France is taking part in the football celebration for the third time. The Bleues have high hopes with the winds of history in their backs: head coach Corinne Diacre became a legend in France as a player in 2003 after bringing the Bleues to the national stage for the first time. France even made it to the fourth place in that first try.

Player to watch: Amandine Henry

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The challengers

The Three Lionesses coach Phil Neville said it in as many words: England’s target is to win the tournament. He could be on to something, as the ladies have won 8 out of their 10 last games, while conceding not more than one goal in most of those games. As always, the heaviest competition is yet to come…

Player to watch: Fran Kirby

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Coming from a second place in the world ranking, Germany’s Nationalelf is not a team to be trifled with. The Germans have been a steady presence in the tournament ever since it was launched, and managed to win it twice, the last time being the 2007 edition in China. In 2015, however, Germany stranded in a fourth place.

Player to watch: Dzsenifer Marozsan

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The underdogs

The Netherlands makes its second appearance here, and as before, it made it to France through the play-offs instead of through direct qualification. Unnerving road to France aside, these are high times for the Oranje Leeuwinnen, who became European champions in 2017, managed by Best Women’s Coach 2017 Sarina Wiegman.

Player to watch: Lieke Martens

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With 2 Asian Cup titles, Japan’s Nadeshiko are impressive on paper. They know how to make waves outside of their continent too, as they’ve held the champion’s crown once before, when they bested the USA in a thrilling penalty shootout final in 2011. Can Japan cause another upset, now that they’re guided by former player Asako Takakura-Takemoto?

Player to watch: Mana Iwabuchi

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