Women’s World Cup preview: Everything you need to know about each group
With the 2023 Women’s World Cup one week away, theScore has you covered. Here’s a full rundown of the key group-stage matchups and players to watch as the women transition from a 24-team format to a full-fledged 32-team round robin.
Group A 🇳🇿 🇳🇴 🇵🇭 🇨🇭
Must-see match: New Zealand vs. Norway. The opening contest between co-host New Zealand and perennial challenger Norway could set the tone for the entire tournament. Women’s soccer has grown tremendously on the Pacific island, with participation increasing exponentially over the last two decades. Organizers expect a capacity crowd July 20 at the 46,350-seat Eden Park in Auckland, setting the scene for a potential upset against former champion Norway and a first-ever win for the Football Ferns in 15 Women’s World Cup matches.
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Key player: Ada Hegerberg. Though the 28-year-old is widely considered one of the greatest women’s players of