FIFA Women’s World Cup News: Who's on Fire Heading into France 2019?
The World Cup Fever is starting to spread again, and although fresh off a 2015 World Cup win, Team USA has a 2-2-2-1 record in games this past year (2018/2019) outside of the recent SheBelives Cup. USA Defeated Brazil in their last game of the SheBelieves Cup Tournament by a score of 1-0. Although they were undefeated in the tournament, their defensive execution left something to be desired, opposite what we saw in 2015, with their defense being their strongest trait. On the bright side, Tobin Heath was responsible for the single goal (20th minute) of the match in which USA edged out Brazil, check it out here:
This year's world cup Final and Semifinal matches sold out within a few hours of them being offered. The tournament begins June 7, 2019, and ends July 7, 2019, and will be held across nine venues throughout France. Of the 24 teams in the tournament, the Team USA will be the ones to beat again this year. Close behind them though are contenders France, Germany, and England.
- Currently ranked 2nd in the world, Germany has been dominate in the women's European Champions League, check out their history: UEFA Women's EURO Champions
- 2015/17: Netherlands
- 2011/13: Germany
- 2006/09: Germany
- 2003/05: Germany
- 1999/01: Germany
- 1995/97: Germany
- 1993/95: Germany
- 1991/93: Norway
- 1989/91: Germany
- 1987/89: Germany
- France (home field advantage) are currently on a seven-game winning streak that stretches back to a 3-0 win over Germany in March.
- England is ranked 4th in the world by Fifa, and owns an impressive 6-1-2 record since June of 2018
Check out the complete tournament schedule here
Team USA is in group F this year, featuring Thailand, Chile, and Sweden. Dominating the entire soccer world recently, USWNT will have their first game against Thailand on June 11th in Reims, France. Host country France kicks off versus South Korea on June 7th in Paris.
While Team USA did see England run away with the SheBelieves cup, with runner up Japan allowing 3 goals, the squad is playing faster and smarter than ever before. Julie Ertz is commanding of the midfield, and Striker Alex Morgan is coming off an 18-goal 2018 clinic of a season for Team USA.
To get all you Mavens hyped for the tourney, we compiled some absolute LAZER strikes, from all around the soccer world in the past few weeks.
If you only watch one of these videos, let it be this one: she shot it from another planet.
Japan lead Brazil at the break, 1-0, thanks to this Yuka Momiki chip. Japan went on to win 3-1.
Megan Rapinoe’s snipe from the edge of the box.
Emily Gielnik’s magic trick to the top left corner.
This is one of the most impressive strikes we’ve seen in a hot minute. Courtesy of England’s Beth Mead
Lastly, the impressive speed by Christen Press pays off in a sneaky goal.
Past Fifa Women's World Cup winners: