WWC: What We Know So Far

The Women's World Cup: Results so far, plus a look ahead.

The group stage is more than halfway over – four groups have played two of their three games; Group E plays theirs on Saturday, and Group F, including the U.S., plays on Sunday – and so far, things have run pretty much true to form.

USA-Chile highlights the weekend matches

One team from each of the first four groups has clinched a spot in the final 16. Three of them are top seeds France, Germany, and England; the fourth is the one surprise of the tourney thus far: 15th-ranked Italy, who knocked off top-seed Australia in their opener, then swamped Jamaica on Friday, 5-0. (As for the Aussies, they may have saved their WC yesterday with a three-goal comeback win over Brazil; they finish against Jamaica on Tuesday.)

Which brings us to the coming weekend, when four more overall favorites can advance to the knockout round with wins over decided underdogs. On Saturday, it’s Netherlands over Cameroon at 8am, then Canada over New Zealand at 2pm. Both those teams would move to 2-0 with wins, and will face off on Wednesday to decide which becomes group winner, and which is runner-up. Similarly on Sunday, Sweden and the U.S. are prohibitive favorites to secure the top two places in the group against Thailand and Chile respectively (8am & 11am), and will meet for first place in the group on Thursday. Chile, a major power on the men's side, lags behind when it comes to developing the women's game. There won't be 13 goals in this game for the U.S., but it shouldn't be a real challenge yet, either. That'll come on Thursday against the Swedes, who've been a nemesis in the past.

The Remaining Schedule

Sat. June 15: Netherlands-Cameroon, 8am; Canada-New Zealand, 2pm
Sun., June 16: Thailand-Sweden, 8am; USA-Chile, 11am
Mon., June 17: Germany-South Africa, Spain-China, 11am (Group B); France-Nigeria, Norway-South Korea, 2pm (Group A)
Tue., June 18: Italy-Brazil, Jamaica-Australia, 2pm (Group C)
Wed., June 19: England-Japan, Scotland-Argentina, 2pm (Group D)
Thu., June 20: Cameroon-New Zealand, Netherlands-Canada, 11am (Group E); USA-Sweden, Thailand-Chile, 2pm (Group F)
Friday, June 21 is a day off, before the knockout Round of 16 begins June 22.
Round of 16:
(with potential matchups in parentheses)
Sat., June 22, 10:30am, 1B-3ACD; 2pm, 2A-2C (Germany-?, Norway-Australia)
Sun., June 23, 10:30am, 1D-3BEF; 2pm, 1A-3CDE (England-?, France-?)
Mon., June 24, 11am, 1F-2B; 2pm, 2E-2F (USA-Spain, Sweden-Netherlands)
Tue., June 25, 11am, 1C-3ABF; 2pm, 1E-2D (Italy-?, Canada-Japan)
Quarterfinals:
Thu., June 27, 2pm (England-Brazil???)
Fri., June 28, 2pm (USA-France???)
Sat., June 29, 8am (Australia-Canada???) & 11:30am (Germany-Netherlands???);
Tue., July 2, 2pm: semifinals
Wed., July 3, 2pm: semifinals
Sat., July 6, 10am: Third Place Game
Sun., July 7, 10am: Championship Final

Game Results

Fri., June 7
France 4, South Korea 0
Sat., June 8
Germany 1, China 0
Spain 3, South Africa 1
Norway 3, Nigeria 0
Sun., June 9
Italy 2, Australia 1
Brazil 3, Jamaica 0
England 2, Scotland 1
Mon., June 10
Argentina 0, Japan 0
Canada 1, Cameroon 0
Tue., June 11
Netherlands 1 New Zealand 0
Sweden 2, Chile 0
USA 13, Thailand 0
Wed., June 12
Nigeria 2, South Korea 0
Germany 1, Spain 0
France 2, Norway 1
Thu., June 13
Australia 3, Brazil 2
China 1, South Africa 0
Fri., June 14
Japan 2, Scotland 1
Italy 5, Jamaica 0
England 1, Argentina 0

Group Standings
Pts, (W-D-L, Goal Differential)
Group A
6 France (2-0-0, +5)
3 Norway (1-0-0, +2)
3 Nigeria (1-0-1, -2)
0 South Korea (0-0-2, -5)
Group B
6 Germany (2-0-0, +2)
3 Spain (1-0-1, +1)
3 China (1-0-1, 0)
0 South Africa ( 0-0-1, -2)
Group C
6 Italy (2-0-0, +6)
3 Brazil (1-0-1, +2)
3 Australia (1-0-1, 0)
0 Jamaica (0-0-2, -8)
Group D
6 England (2-0-0, +2)
4 Japan (1-1-0, +1)
1 Argentina (0-1-1, -1)
0 Scotland (0-0-2, -2)
Group E
3 Canada (1-0-0, +1)
3 Netherlands (1-0-0, +1)
0 New Zealand (0-0-1, -1)
0 Cameroon (0-0-1, -1)
Group F
3 USA (1-0-0, +13)
3 Sweden (1-0-0, +2)
0 Chile (0-0-1, -2)
0 Thailand (0-0-1, -13)

Results by Group
Group A: France 4, South Korea 0; Norway 3, Nigeria 0; Nigeria 2, S. Korea 0; France 2, Norway 1
Group B: Germany 1, China 0; Spain 3, South Africa 1; Germany 1, Spain 0; China 1, South Africa 0
Group C: Italy 2, Australia 1; Brazil 3, Jamaica 0; Australia 3, Brazil 2; Italy 5, Jamaica 0
Group D: England 2, Scotland 1; Argentina 0, Japan 0; Japan 2, Scotland 1; England 1, Argentina 0
Group E: Canada 1, Cameroon 0; Netherlands 1, New Zealand 0
Group F: Sweden 2, Chile 0; USA 13, Thailand 0

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