World Cup 2019 Preview Podcast

In this podcast we take a step by step look at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. This is a guide for avid soccer fans who need slight refresher going into the June tournament or for casual fans who haven’t tuned in since the last World Cup. Either way, we discuss the state of women’s soccer since 2015, catch up on some major storylines heading into the tournament, and break down the six groups. This pod is the one stop you need to get ready for the 2019 World Cup in France.

Link: Womens 2019 World Cup Preview

For more information, please check out our notes and sources below, they can be used as a starting point to take a deep dive into this summer’s World Cup. We hope that this podcast has excited you for the Women’s World Cup this June!

Sources:

2019 Women’s World Cup Draw: a primer

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/07/sports/womens-world-cup-draw.html

FIFA Women’s World Cup Groups w/group analysis

https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/groups/

US group explanation

https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2019/03/14/21/22/20190314-feat-wnt-five-things-to-know-about-wwc-group-f

US Women’s Goalkeeping Question Mark

https://www.philly.com/soccer/briana-scurry-uswnt-goalkeeper-alyssa-naeher-ashlyn-harris-jill-ellis-20190404.html

FIFA World Cup Homepage

https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/

FIFA Teams Page

https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/teams/

STATE OF WOMEN’S SOCCER

  • Never hosted WWC in developing country
    • Women’s world cup host will continue to be decided in secret by FIFA (source)
    • Women’s world cup host selection takes place about 3-5 years prior to the event, while the men’s selection occurs 9/13 years beforehand → greatly limits the potential for developing countries to bid and win
    • Fifa can say what they want about trying to expand the game around the world, but at the end of the day it’s still FIFA, an international governing body that with no real oversight plagued by corruption scandals
  • Ballon D’or winner Ada Hegerberg decided not to play in the WC out of protest of inequality, continuing her 2 year absence from the Norwegian National Team
    • Over frustrations with the way women’s football was treated within the country
    • Does not have to do with pay equality, as the Women’s team secured equal pay with their male counterparts in 2017.
    • Ballon D’or runner up Pernille Harder did not qualify with Denmark
    • Too bad the world will miss out on seeing the two best players in the world at this World Cup

TOURNAMENT FAVORITES

  • SPI- USA, Germany, France, Australia (all 90+)

Group A: France, South Korea, Norway, Nigeria

Group B: Germany, China, Spain, South Africa

Group C: Australia, Italy, Brazil, Jamaica

Group D: England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan

Group E: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, Netherlands

Group F: USA, Thailand, Chile, Sweden

GENERAL STORYLINES

  • Netherlands won Euro cup- tournament experience
  • Australia has made the last three quarter finals, but have yet to advance past this round
  • Has the rest of the world catches up with the US (538 article)
    • New generation of stars for the United States → US has struggled at the youth level
    • How will the US fair without Hope Solo?
  • France tries to win World Cup at home, tough group but good side
  • US has played all group teams in the last 3 years
  • Every team to medal at WC or Olympics qualified for the tournament

NEW COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD CUP

  • Thailand 2nd Appearance
  • Argentina- rank poorly in the SPI rankings, not their first WC
  • Chile – also rank poorly
  • South Africa- best of the newcomers but tough group
  • Italy (first WC since 1999)
  • Jamaica
  • Scotland- could qualify for KOs

X FACTORS

Sam Kerr- Australian striker

U.S. Goalie → for the first time in years the US will be entering the world cup without a clear No. 1 in goal.

  • Alyssa Naeher will likely start in goal for the US at the start of the tournament, however, she does not have any big tournament experience
    • Briana Scurry and Hope Solo have combined to play all but seven games at major tournaments since 1996.

Kayla McCoy- Jamaican Striker 

PREDICTIONS

Big Canada guy

Marta leads Brazil to glory

  • Ludmila da Silva- Atletico Madrid
  • Brazil 2007 only S.A. W.C. finalist

US underperforms through group stages, but experience and talent gap help them hold on

  • US has 8 players who have been capped 75 time or more, and they have a head coach (Jan Ellis) who led them to a WC title in 2015.
  • Good young players to challenge the veterans such as Mallory Pugh