As we eagerly await the Women’s World Cup 2023, several players and countries stand out, ready to make their mark.
Australia’s very own Sam Kerr is the heart and soul of the co-host nation, leading from the front as captain and main striker, and holding the record for most goals scored for the Matildas.
The group stage matchups are brimming with excitement. A repeat of the 2019 final is set to take place, where The Netherlands, currently ranked ninth in the world, will surely be looking to get their own back at reigning champions USA.
Indeed, the USA are tournament favorites, having secured the trophy four times making them the most successful nation of all women’s world cup history. Germany follows with two victories in 2007 and 2011, while Norway and Japan have each secured the title once.
Despite never winning the tournament, England’s Lionesses’ success at the 2022 Euros have raised plenty of eyebrows. Though, the absence of key players like Beth Mead, Fran Kirby, and captain Leah Williamson due to injuries puts their campaign into question. Nevertheless, England’s talent and determination will undoubtedly keep them in the competition. Especially with figures like playmaker Keira Walsh, who put on an electrifying Euros performance in 2022, earned the Player of the Match award for the final, and became the most expensive women’s player of all time in her move to Barcelona.
Though, that somewhat pales in comparison to her Barça teammate, Alexia Putellas, double Ballon d’Or winner and widely hailed as the best female soccer player in the world. She’s recently returned from injury, giving Spain a needed edge in the competition. Additionally, Germany, who’ve won the world cup twice and took England to extra time in the Euro 2022 final, stands as a formidable contender that one can never forget about.