With Group E and F in action on Monday in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, we recap the teams in both groups in terms of the FIFA rankings, World Cup appearances, number of World Cup titles and players to look out for.
After the first round of games from Group A – D we have seen fireworks. There has been a total of 24 goals scored so far in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and that tally is yet to be updated with contributions Group E and F.
Netherlands who are currently ranked the eighth best team in the World. They made their World Cup debut back in 2015 where they reached the round 16. The 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be their second appearance and they will be hoping to take this prestigious trophy home for the first time ever.
Players to look out for: Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens and Shanice Van de Sanden.
The Canadians women are currently ranked fifth in the latest FIFA Women’s rankings. This edition of the World Cup will be their seventh appearance. The only World Cup edition they missed was the inaugural tournament back in 1991. Regardless of qualifying for most of the world cups, the Canadians are yet to clinch one and they will be hoping that 2019 will be the year they do so.
Players to look out for: Christine Sinclair and Jessie Fleming
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be New Zealand’s fifth appearance. In all the previous tournaments New Zealand has failed to make it pass the group stages and they will be hoping that changes in 2019 as their chase their first ever World Cup title. New Zealand is currently ranked 19th in the latest FIFA rankings.
Players to look out for: Sarah Gregorius and Ria Percival.
Cameroon is one of the only three African nations at this year’s World Cup and will be making their second appearance in the tournament. The Les Lionnes are currently ranked 46th in the latest FIFA Women’s rankings.
Players to look out for: Gabrielle Onguene and Christine Manie.
One of the strongest groups consisting of three time World Champions and the most successful Women’s football team the United States Of America.
The Swedish national women’s team is one of the nations that have qualified for all editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup but are yet to win it. They came close in 2003 but lost it to Germany. They are ranked nineth in the latest FIFA Rankings.
Players to look out for: Magdalena Eriksson and Stina Blackstenius.
The United States is considered as the most successful women’s football team, ranked number one in the latest FIFA rankings. They have taken part in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and they have won it three times. There is no doubt that they are the strongest title contenders.
Players to look out for: Carli Lloyd and Crystal Dunn.
Currently ranked 39th in the world. The lowest ranked team in Group F. Chile is one of the nations that will be making their debut at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and are considered one of the tournament underdogs.
Players to look out for: Francisca Lara and María José Rojas.
The Thailand women’s national team will be making their second appearance at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. They are currently ranked 34th in the latest FIFA Women’s rankings.
During the warm up matches prior to the world cup, the team displayed amazing football proving that they won’t be in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to just add numbers.
Players to look out for: Suchawadee Nildhamrong and Pikul Khueanpet.
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