The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off Thursday, July 20th with matches in Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. Can the United States Women’s National Soccer Team make it three in a row? If they do win it all again, it would be the fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup title for the Americans.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup has been held every four years since its founding in 1991. This year’s soccer tournament is being jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Matches are scheduled to take place from July 20th through August 20th. The tournament opens with a group stage. Teams from 32 countries are divided into eight groups of four. The top two teams from each group move on to the knockout stage starting with a round of 16 teams.
The U.S. team begins the tournament in Group E with Vietnam, the Netherlands, and Portugal. You can see the first match for the American squad on Friday, July 21st at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Fox. They’ll be taking on Vietnam at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. The championship match will be on August 20th in Sydney, Australia. Click here for the complete schedule.
The United States Women’s National Soccer Team is led by head coach Vlatko Andonovski, along with captains Lindsay Horan and Alex Morgan. The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup also marks the last major tournament for USNWT star Megan Rapinoe. The 38-year-old announced that she will retire from professional soccer at the end of the year.
So where does the USNWT stand heading into the tournament? Right at the top, just as they have since 2017. According to The Sporting News, here are the top 10 teams to beat based on world ranking points: