Women’s World Cup Recap: Party in the USA

Now that everyone had the opportunity to digest the entirety of the Women’s World Cup tournament since its Final on Sunday, let’s take a quick look back at recap all of the happenings from France.


Group Stage

A short and sweet group-by-group breakdown to get our recap started before getting to the much more serious knockout stages

Group A

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Host nation France won all three matches as expected to take the top spot in Group A. Following behind was Norway who showed why they were a popular dark horse pick before the tournament. Nigeria was able grab a single victory and a spot in the Round of 16 while South Korea fell flat, dropping all three matches.

Group B

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Germany cruised to an easy group victory, winning all three matches with conviction on their end. Spain made history, winning their first ever Women’s World Cup match against South Africa and qualifying for the knockout rounds. China also bagged a win but had to settle for advancing as a third place side. South Africa made a lot of history in their maiden Women’s World Cup but could not advance.

Group C

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Italy was back in the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 20 years and made it a memorable return by winning a difficult Group C. Australia lived up to their pre-tournament promise with a second place finish while Brazil slid into third place. Jamaica was making their World Cup debut but still go home with some history after scoring their first ever goal against Australia.

Group D

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It took until the third group match, but England was able to best Japan for the top spot in Group C. Argentina only knew struggles at the Women’s World Cup, but they overcame all their past history to record their first ever points at the tournament. Scotland were on the brink of advancing in their first ever Women’s World Cup, but they had to settle for just a point.

Group E

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Popular dark horse pick the Netherlands made an early statement by claiming Group E in only their second ever Women’s World Cup. Longtime stalwart Canada advanced comfortably in second place after two group wins. Cameroon left it late but advanced to the Round of 16 as a third place finisher. New Zealand held its own, but could not muster enough to climb out of last place.

Group F

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Unless Sweden had some tricks up its sleeve, this group was always going to belong to the United States. That’s exactly how things played out as the United States won all three group matches and easily advanced to the knockouts. They were joined there by Sweden in second place. Chile did manage to win their final group match but fell just short of a third place advancement. Thailand had to settle for last but left France with a lot to build on.


Knockout Rounds

Once the group stage finished, it was on to the knockout rounds at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

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Once the Round of 16 field was set, it started to become clear which sides had the best shot at winning the trophy in Lyon. There were no major upsets through the Round of 16, but the quarterfinals were a different story.

For the first time in over two decades, Sweden was able to defeat Germany in a major tournament and book a spot in the semifinals. This was not the strongest team in Germany history, but it was a watershed moment for Sweden who came up short so many times before. The quarterfinals also gave us the much anticipated matchup between the United States and France, a match many considered to be the de facto Final.

In the semifinal round, it was the United States doing just enough to prevail over longtime rival England and advance to the Women’s World Cup Final for a third straight tournament. In the other match, the Netherlands fully announced its arrival on the international stage with a victory over Sweden to book a spot in their first ever Women’s World Cup Final.

They do play a mostly needless third place match in the Women’s World Cup, and it was Sweden using two early goals to defeat England and claim the bronze medal.

As for the Final itself, keep reading below to find out how that match played out between the United States and the Netherlands.


The Final

It wasn’t always the prettiest soccer, but the United States capped off another dominating tournament with probably their best performance of the knockout rounds to defeat the Netherlands and complete the successful defense of their title from four years ago.

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Four years after lifting the Women’s World Cup trophy in Canada, the United States put on a repeat performance in France with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands to claim the country’s fourth Women’s World Cup title.

It was clear from the very beginning that the United States was the superior of the two sides on the pitch in Lyon, but Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal played the game of her life in the first half to keep the match scoreless at halftime, giving her side hope of a second half breakthrough.

That breakthrough never arrived for the Netherlands, but it did arrive for the United States after nearly 60 minutes of constant pressure on the Dutch defense. It wouldn’t have been a true final if VAR had not been involved, and it made its impact in the second half, awarding a penalty kick to the United States after a dangerous tackle in the box. Megan Rapinoe stepped to the spot and dispatched the ball into the back of the net with ease to send the United States in front 1-0 in the 61st minute.

Eight minutes later, the United States effectively put the game away when they doubled their lead in the 69th minute. Rose Lavelle took a pass in the middle of the pitch then did the rest of the work herself to get open and hammer a shot past van Veenendaal to make it 2-0 with 20 minutes remaining.

There was nothing the Dutch could do claw their way back into the game at this point as everything they did to push forward was met with heavy resistance from the American defense. In fact, it was the United States still creating offensive pressure as the Dutch had to further open themselves up to attack.

There would be no further scoring for the United States, but in the end it didn’t matter as they closed at the victory and staked claim as the greatest women’s soccer team to ever exist.

Goals

  • Megan Rapinoe | USA (61′ PEN)
  • Rose Lavelle | USA (69′)

Highlights


Tournament Awards

Here’s the list of winners of the overall tournament awards handed out on Sunday.

Golden Ball (Best Player)

  • Megan Rapinoe (USA)
  • Silver Ball: Lucy Bronze (England), Bronze Ball: Rose Lavelle (USA)

Golden Boot (Top Scorer)

  • Megan Rapinoe (USA)
  • Silver Boot: Alex Morgan (USA), Bronze Boot: Ellen White (England)

Golden Glove (Best Goalkeeper)

  • Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands)

Best Young Player (Best player 21 & Under)

  • Giulia Gwinn (Germany)

FIFA Fair Play Award (Sportsmanship)

  • France

Golden Boot Race

The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goal scorer at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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Megan Rapinoe scores the game winner on Sunday and jumps from third to first and wins the Golden Ball on tiebreakers over teammate Alex Morgan and Ellen White of England. Morgan takes home the Silver Ball and White gets the Bronze.

Overall, eight different nations were represented in the final Top-10 and 83 different players recorded at least one goal at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.


That officially puts a cap on our 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup coverage. We genuinely enjoyed our coverage of the tournament from start to finish, and we hope you keep checking back for more content covering a variety of different topics and interests.

With football right around the corner, you can expect a lot more great coverage coming from everyone here at The Bat Flip. As for our precap/cupdate series, we have the Men’s European Championships and the Summer Olympics on tap next year, so keep an eye out for that feature returning in the future.

Women’s World Cupdate: Still the champs; USA wins Women’s World Cup

Welcome to your daily 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup update, or Women’s World Cupdate, where we recap the past day’s proceedings from France while previewing what is still to come. These features will run every morning throughout the duration of the tournament and feature highlights, major news, and much more from France.


Here’s What Happened: Sunday, July 7th

It wasn’t always the prettiest soccer, but the United States capped off another dominating tournament with probably their best performance of the knockout rounds to defeat the Netherlands and complete the successful defense of their title from four years ago.

United States 2-0 Netherlands

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Four years after lifting the Women’s World Cup trophy in Canada, the United States put on a repeat performance in France with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands to claim the country’s fourth Women’s World Cup title.

It was clear from the very beginning that the United States was the superior of the two sides on the pitch in Lyon, but Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal played the game of her life in the first half to keep the match scoreless at halftime, giving her side hope of a second half breakthrough.

That breakthrough never arrived for the Netherlands, but it did arrive for the United States after nearly 60 minutes of constant pressure on the Dutch defense. It wouldn’t have been a true final if VAR had not been involved, and it made its impact in the second half, awarding a penalty kick to the United States after a dangerous tackle in the box. Megan Rapinoe stepped to the spot and dispatched the ball into the back of the net with ease to send the United States in front 1-0 in the 61st minute.

Eight minutes later, the United States effectively put the game away when they doubled their lead in the 69th minute. Rose Lavelle took a pass in the middle of the pitch then did the rest of the work herself to get open and hammer a shot past van Veenendaal to make it 2-0 with 20 minutes remaining.

There was nothing the Dutch could do claw their way back into the game at this point as everything they did to push forward was met with heavy resistance from the American defense. In fact, it was the United States still creating offensive pressure as the Dutch had to further open themselves up to attack.

There would be no further scoring for the United States, but in the end it didn’t matter as they closed at the victory and staked claim as the greatest women’s soccer team to ever exist.

Goals

  • Megan Rapinoe | USA (61′ PEN)
  • Rose Lavelle | USA (69′)

Highlights

Tournament Awards

Here’s the list of winners of the overall tournament awards handed out on Sunday.

Golden Ball (Best Player)

  • Megan Rapinoe (USA)
  • Silver Ball: Lucy Bronze (England), Bronze Ball: Rose Lavelle (USA)

Golden Boot (Top Scorer)

  • Megan Rapinoe (USA)
  • Silver Boot: Alex Morgan (USA), Bronze Boot: Ellen White (England)

Golden Glove (Best Goalkeeper)

  • Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands)

Best Young Player (Best player 21 & Under)

  • Giulia Gwinn (Germany)

FIFA Fair Play Award (Sportsmanship)

  • France

Plays of the Day

INTRO

Megan Rapinoe (United States)

Game winner. Golden Boot winner. Championship winner. Megan Rapinoe’s penalty in the 61st minute gave the United States a lead they never surrendered on the way to a fourth Women’s World Cup title.

Rose Lavelle (United States)

There were doubts about Rose Lavelle’s status for this game after leaving with an injury against England in the semifinal. Based on her performance on Sunday, everything seemed quite alright as she delivered a standout solo goal to give the United States some insurance.

Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands)

If it wasn’t for Sari van Veenendaal in the first half, the United States could have blown this thing wide open and had everything under wraps before halftime. She kept the American goal scorers at bay for as long as she could to keep her side alive.


Final Bracket

A look at how the bracket looks following the conclusion of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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There you have it, the final bracket of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It’s the United States rolling through four European sides on the way to their fourth Women’s World Cup title in France.

Final Standings

1st:ย United States

2nd:ย Netherlands

3rd:ย Sweden

4th:ย England


Here’s What’s Next: Looking Forward

Just because the 2019 Women’s World Cup is over doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of good soccer to look forward too. Besides domestic leagues and tournament resuming in August, there is an already loaded schedule of international soccer on the horizon, beginning as soon as next summer. Both the men and women have a multitude of future tournament on the schedule with the European Championships and Summer Olympics on tap for 2020.

UEFA Euro 2020 (Europe)

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This has been a women’s soccer centric content site for the last month, but the men’s game will make a few appearances as we look towards the future. The next major international tournament on the docket is set for next summer as nations from across Europe will bounce around the continent to determine the confederation champion. Play begins on June 12th, 2020 in Rome.

2020 Summer Olympics (Tokyo, Japan)

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Next to the Women’s World Cup, the Summer Olympics is the biggest international soccer tournament on the schedule. This tournament consists of only 12 teams compared to 24, but the prize at the end of the road is just as meaningful. Play will begin on July 22nd, 2020 in Japan.

2022 FIFA World Cup (Qatar)

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Similar to Russia in 2018, Qatar will become the latest controversial host of of the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Due to Qatar’s desert climate, the tournament will be moved to winter to avoid extreme heat conditions. Play is scheduled to begin on November 21st, 2022.

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup (TBD)

As of right now, no host has been selected for the next iteration of the Women’s World Cup set for summer of 2023. Host selection will be announced on March 20th, 2020 with nine countries submitting bids to host the tournament. Those countries include: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and South Korea.

UEFA Euro 2024 (Germany)

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Another European championship is slated for the summer of 2024 with Germany playing host. Unless UEFA decides to expand the competition, 24 teams will once again fight for continental supremacy.

2024 & 2026 Summer Olympics (Paris, France & Los Angeles, USA)

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International soccer returns to France for the Summer Olympics in 2024 then heads to the United States for the 2028 Summer Olympics.

2026 FIFA World Cup (USA, Mexico, Canada)

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Prior to hosting the summer games in 2028, the United States (with Canada and Mexico) will host the world for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The joint bid between the three nations was awarded the tournament in June 2018. This tournament will see the field of teams expand from 32 to 48 for the first time.

2027 Women’s World Cup (TBD)

FIFA has announced plans for the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but the bidding process to host the tournament has not yet been opened. As of this writing the United States, the Netherlands, and a handful of Nordic nations have expressed interest in potentially playing host.


Golden Boot Results

The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goal scorer at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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Megan Rapinoe scores the game winner on Sunday and jumps from third to first and wins the Golden Ball on tiebreakers over teammate Alex Morgan and Ellen White of England. Morgan takes home the Silver Ball and White gets the Bronze.

Overall, eight different nations were represented in the final Top-10 and 83 different players recorded at least one goal at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.


Thus concludes our daily Women’s World Cup content. Congratulations to TEAM on a hard earned and historic victory. We sincerely hope you enjoyed our coverage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and make sure to check out what else our site offers from sports to pop culture and everything in between. If you enjoy podcasts, consider downloading our show “The FlipCast” with new episodes coming out every week.

We will have a full tournament recap coming later in the week, but until then, au revoir pour le moment. Thanks for reading.

Women’s World Cup: Final Preview

Four weeks of almost endless soccer all comes down to this, the final of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup between defending champions the United States and reigning European champions the Netherlands.

For the United States, everything has led to this moment as they go for a second straight World Cup title and fourth in their illustrious women’s soccer history. On the other end, this all new ground for a Netherlands side who never played in a Women’s World Cup tournament as early as five years ago.

Now the two sides will meet in Lyon to determine who leaves France as champions and with a new star above their crest.


The Teams

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Two team. One trophy. It’s the old guard of the United States taking on the newcomers in the Netherlands for the right to be crowned World Cup champions on Sunday in Lyon. Here’s a quick rundown of both sides, what to expect from each, and how we expect them to lineup on the pitch.

United States

If you had to place money on one team to make the Final before the tournament, the United States would have been your best bet. This marks the third straight tournament that the United States will be making an appearance in the Final, a Women’s World Cup record. They also came into France as the defending champions and now are one win away from putting a fourth star above on their jerseys.

How they got here:ย def. England 2-1 in the semifinals

Projected Lineup:ย (4-3-3) Naeher; O’Hara, Dahlkemper, Sauerbrunn, Dunn; Horan, Ertz, Lavelle; Heath, Morgan, Rapinoe

Netherlands

There isn’t much women’s soccer history to write home about for the Netherlands, at least not before this tournament. After making their Women’s World Cup debut in 2015, the Dutch were crowned European champions in 2017 and now will play on the game’s biggest stage for the first time. They bring a talented attacking front into Lyon that will surely test the United States back line. It remains to be seen how they will stack up against the powerhouse American midfield.

How they got here:ย def. Sweden 1-0 in extra time in the semifinals

Projected Lineup: (4-3-3)ย Van Veenendaal; Van Lunteren, Van der Gragt, Bloodworth, Van Dongen; Groenen, Van de Donk, Spitse; Beerensteyn, Miedema, Martens


Third Place Match Recap

It’s not a match either side wanted to play, but like the men’s version, the Women’s World Cup also features a Third Place Match and it was England taking on Sweden for the bronze medal. A fast start then steady defense and timely saves sent Sweden home on a high with a 2-1 victory over the Lionesses.

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From the start, Sweden were playing on the front foot against and England side that looked completely disinterested in the early going. Goals by Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson in the opening 22 minutes pushed Sweden out to an early 2-0 lead, but England settled and found its game as the first half went on.

In a sign they would not go quietly, England cut the lead in half off a great solo run and finish from Fran Kirby in the 31st minute. Two minutes later England seemed to level the game when Ellen White scored her tournament leading 7th goal. Unfortunately for the English, VAR stepped in and overruled the goal as the result of a handball by White.

England continued to push for an equalizer in the second half and were clearly the better side as time ticked away. Lucy Bronze had a wide open look at goal off a rebound but her volley shot was cleared off the line by a Swedish defender. Sweden held on the rest of the wy and secured a third place finish at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Goals

  • Kosovare Asllani | SWE (11′)
  • Sofia Jakobsson | SWE (22′)
  • Fran Kirby | ENG (31′)

Highlights


Women’s World Cup Final

It all comes down to this, the United States versus the Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon with the Women’s World Cup title on the line. It’s the odds on favorite who has been here before against the popular dark horse on the biggest stage for the first time. Both sides bring elite attacking units into the match, but the midfield is where the match, and the title, could be decided.

United States v. Netherlands

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Make no mistake, these are two very good teams who both have earned their right to play for a World Cup championship. The United States battled their way through an incredibly difficult slate of knockout matches while the Netherlands did the same on their side of the bracket. Both sides have elite attacking talent up front that can pour in the goals, but the midfield is where this match could very well be won or lost. That is a huge advantage for the United States who have the best midfield in the world regardless of who they put on the field. If the Netherlands is to win this game, they will need their attackers to exploit a vulnerable United States back line on the counter attack.

  • Time:ย 11:00 AM
  • Location:ย Stade de Lyon (Lyon)
  • How to Watch:ย FOX

You can watch the Women’s World Cup Final live on FOX or by streaming online at FoxSports.com with a cable sign in.

If highlights are more your style, check out @FOXSoccer on Twitter where goals and game recaps are posted throughout the day.

All game times are listed in Eastern Standard Time


Final Prediction

There is a clear favorite in this match and a clear underdog, but that means very little once the ball is kicked. Netherlands likes to play an open style that allows them to get looks at goal, but it also presents a precarious situation when facing the United States. Playing such an open style can make them vulnerable to attack going the other way and that’s where the United States shines the brightest. Whoever they play in midfield will have plenty of time and space to make plays and get the ball to one of Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, or Megan Rapinoe. That is a deadly combination and should be what propels the United States to a fourth Women’s World Cup title.

Our Pick

United States 3, Netherlands 1


Golden Boot Outlook

The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goal scorer at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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No goals for Ellen White on Saturday meaning she is eliminated from the Golden Boot race. It all comes down to Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe on Sunday.


Once the Women’s World Cup Final is over we will have one last World Cupdate post on Monday morning recapping the action and that will bring an end to our daily coverage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. There will be a full tournament recap running later in the week so keep checking back so you don’t miss out.

Women’s World Cupdate: Dutch Delight

Welcome to your daily 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup update, or Women’s World Cupdate, where we recap the past day’s proceedings from France while previewing what is still to come. These features will run every morning throughout the duration of the tournament and feature highlights, major news, and much more from France.


Here’s What Happened: Wednesday, July 3rd

Five years ago, the Netherlands had never played in a Women’s World Cup or an Olympic games. Fast forward to now, the Netherlands have qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and advanced to their first ever Women’s World Cup Final with a 1-0 victory over Sweden in the semifinals. Ninety minutes wasn’t enough to decide a winner, so the match went to extra time where Jackie Groenen etched her name in Dutch soccer lore with a 99th minute strike to set up a date with the United States.

Netherlands 1-0 Sweden (Extra Time)

It took over two hours of soccer and a lot of close calls, but when the final whistle finally blew at the Stade de Lyon on Wednesday, it was the Netherlands who prevailed in extra time over Sweden to advance to their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.

For most of the first half, Sweden looked the better side and were creating havoc for the Netherlands defense each time up the field. While dictating the match is great, you need something to show for it or risk losing all that momentum. That’s an issue the Swedes ran into before halftime, creating looks at goal, but coming away empty handed each time, settling for a scoreless draw at the break.

Perhaps the Netherlands gained some momentum from holding off the Sweden first half barrage, because they returned the favor in the second half of play. It was much the same case as Sweden in the first half, tons of chances but nothing on the scoreboard. Part of the reason for that, was an incredible save by Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl in the 64th minute that she got just enough of her fingers on parry away.

Eventually, full time came to a close with the scoreboard reading 0-0, meaning the match was heading to 30 minutes of extra to (potentially) decide a winner. Looking to avoid the prospect of penalty kicks, both teams went for the kill in extra time and the Netherlands was the side rewarded for their efforts. In the 99th minute, Jackie Groenen received a pass outside the box with a clean look at goal, she struck her shot and placed it perfectly to the far post to give the Netherlands the lead.

Sweden tried and tried for an equalizer with the remaining time, but it was to no avail as the Netherlands defense held its ground to preserve the 1-0 victory and a spot in the Final on Sunday where they will take on the United States. Sweden will head to the Third Place Match on Saturday where England awaits in Nice.

Goals

  • Jackie Groenen | NED (99′)

Highlights


Plays of the Day

For over 90 minutes, it was the goalkeepers putting on a show in Lyon before Jackie Groenen stepped up and scored the biggest goal in her life and the biggest goal in the history of Dutch women’s soccer.

Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands)

Everytime Sweden pressed for the opening goal, Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal was there to deny the opportunity. Timely saves in both halves, including the one above, kept the game level long enough for the Netherlands to stay alive.

Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden)

There is a very good chance Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl is named the best goalkeeper of the tournament and saves like this are why. She gets just enough on this shot to send it off the crossbar and keep the game scoreless in the second half.

Jackie Groenen (Netherlands)

Simply the biggest goal in Netherlands women’s football history and it’s Jackie Groenen writing her name in the history book for all eternity. Perfect shot to place the ball far post out of the reach of the goalkeeper to send the Netherlands to its first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.


Bracket Update

Here’s a quick look at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup knockout bracket after the semifinal round.

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Semifinals are done and the Final is set. It all comes down to the United States and the Netherlands on Sunday in Lyon to decide who wins the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Third place will be decided on Saturday when England and Sweden meet in Nice for the opportunity to end the tournament on a high note.

Third Place Match

July 6th: England v. Sweden

Women’s World Cup Final

July 7th:ย United States v. Netherlands

There will be an extensive Final preview up on the site this weekend, detailing the matchup between the United States and the Netherlands down to the finest details. Keep an eye open so you can be fully prepared for Sunday.


Here’s What’s Next: Saturday, July 6th

Before we can determine a champion, we must find out who takes home the third place medals. For a second straight tournament, England finds themselves in the Third Place Match where they will face Sweden at the Stade de Nice. It’s a match no one wants to play in, but it will give one side a chance to leave France with a medal and a somewhat less bitter taste in their mouths.

England v. Sweden

It can be hard to correctly preview a third place match at a World Cup because there are so many variables to consider. For one, neither side wants to be there and you just hope they are playing with 100% effort to make it worth while. Third place at a World Cup carries much less weight than say third place in the Olympics.

Secondly, teams often mke wholesale lineup changes because of the lowered stakes involved with the match. It’s hard to say what changes may be made, but it’s safe to presume both England and Sweden will have some fresh faces in the lineup. You can probably assume both Lucy Bronze and Ellen White will take the pitch for England with both having individual awards to play for.

On the Swedish side, Hedvig Lindahl is in the mix for best goalkeeper at the tournament so she may get the nod to further cement her resume.

  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Location:ย Stade de Nice (Nice)
  • How to Watch:ย FOX

You can watch all the matches live on the channels listed or streaming online at FoxSports.com with a cable sign in.

If highlights are more your style, check out @FOXSoccer on Twitter where goals and game recaps are posted throughout the day.

All game times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.


Golden Boot Outlook

The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goal scorer at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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All the semifinal matches did for the Golden Boot race was reinforce the point that it’s a three player showdown for the title. Alex Morgan and Ellen White both scored on Tuesday and remained tied on six goals. Megan Rapinoe did not play and still only sits one behind.

White will take the field Saturday with the opportunity to go back in front and put pressure on Morgan and Rapinoe who play Sunday. At least the latter two will know exactly what they will have to do on Sunday if they hope to win the Golden Boot.


Keep up to date on everything Women’s World Cup right here on “The Bat Flip” where we will be posting our daily Women’s World Cupdate to recap what went on and preview what’s still to come in France.

Women’s World Cupdate: One Finalist Booked

Welcome to your daily 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup update, or Women’s World Cupdate, where we recap the past day’s proceedings from France while previewing what is still to come. These features will run every morning throughout the duration of the tournament and feature highlights, major news, and much more from France.


Here’s What Happened: Tuesday, July 2nd

Nothing has come easy for the United States in the knockout rounds at this Women’s World Cup, and that remained true on Tuesday against England. Surprise starter Christen Press opened the scoring early, then Golden Boot leader Alex Morgan scored the winner just past the half hour mark. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made a clutch penalty save late, and the United States advanced to the Final on Sunday.

England 1-2 United States

For United States fans, these knockout games have been anything but a breeze, and that trend continued on Tuesday as the USWNT did just enough to down England in their semifinal match by a score of 2-1 at the Stade de Lyon.

United States coach Jill Ellis shocked everyone when she inserted Christen Press into the lineup over Megan Rapinoe who scored the team’s last four goals coming into the match. Whether a strategic change or an injury replacement, Ellis’ decision paid immediate dividends as Press opened the scoring with a header in the 10th minute to give the US another early lead.

It looked like the United States was going to start running away with the game after the opening goal, but England fought back and tied the match just nine minutes later. Tournament co-leading scorer Ellen White took the Golden Boot lead for the first time with a clever redirection off a cross that found the top corner in the 19th minute.

Suddenly sitting in second place in the race for the Golden Boot, Alex Morgan clawed her way back into a tie atop the standings with her first goal since the opening match against Thailand. Positioning herself right in front of goal, Morgan got her head on the end of a Lindsey Horan pass to put the United States back in front 2-1 in the 31st minute. The goal gave Morgan six for the tournament, tying her with White.

From this point forward, the United States was determined to make this lead stand and they did just that, but not without a scare late in the game. With less than 10 minutes remaining, a VAR decision awarded England a penalty and a chance to force extra time. Captain Steph Houghton stepped to the spot, but her shot was stopped by American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to keep the United States lead intact. That was the last chance England would have, and the United States finished out the match to book a spot in the Women’s World Cup Final against either Sweden or the Netherlands on Sunday.

Goals

  • Christen Press | USA (10′)
  • Ellen White | ENG (19′)
  • Alex Morgan | USA (31′)

Highlights


Plays of the Day

Three goals made up the scoring in Tuesday’s thrilling semifinal match between England and the United States, but it was Alyssa Naeher’s late penalty save that stole the show in Lyon.

Rose Lavelle (United States)

Before the scoring started, United States midfielder Rose Lavelle created the first chance of the game after nutmegging an English defender and forcing a save with a rocket shot from the right side.

Christen Press (United States)

It turned a lot of heads when news broke that Christen Press was starting in place of Megan Rapinoe against England. Press only needed 10 minutes to show why Jill Ellis made the right call in playing her.

Ellen White (England)

For a brief moment, Ellen White gave England hope and put herself on top of the Golden Boot race. Her top corner deflection brought the Lionesses back level just when it looked like things could have got out of hand early.

Alex Morgan (United States)

Alex Morgan didn’t give White much time to enjoy her view from the top, jumping back into the Golden Boot lead and putting the United States in front for good with a header off a classy Lindsey Horan pass.

Alyssa Naeher (United States)

Unless Alyssa Naeher does something truly spectacular on Sunday in the Final, this will go down as the biggest save of her career. Facing the prospect of extra time, Naeher stepped up and stopped a Steph Houghton penalty to keep the United States in front late.


Bracket Update

Here’s a quick look at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup knockout bracket after the first semifinal match.

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Semifinal one is in the books and it’s the United States claiming stake to the first spot in the Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday in Lyon. They await the winner of Sweden/Netherlands on Wednesday. England comes up just short for a second straight tournament, but they still have a chance to end on a high note when they take part in the Third Place Match on Saturday.

Women’s World Cup Final

July 7th:ย United States v. Netherlands/Sweden

Third Place Match

July 6th: England v. Netherlands/Sweden


Here’s What’s Next: Wednesday, July 3rd

We know the United States will be playing in the Women’s World Cup Final, now we have to see who will be joining them at Stade de Lyon on Sunday. It will all come down to Sweden and the Netherlands on Wednesday to determine who keeps their hopes of a Women’s World Cup title alive, and who heads to the Third Place Match to face England.

Netherlands v. Sweden

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For the Netherlands, this is all uncharted territory, playing in their first ever Women’s World Cup semifinal in just their second ever tournament appearance. On the other side stands Sweden, who has been here many times before, but have never been able to capture the ultimate crown. The Netherlands are undoubtedly a rising soccer power in the women’s game while Sweden has been a mainstay with a long record of success on the pitch. When the two sides meet on Wednesday, one will emerge on the brink of history.

  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Location:ย Stade de Lyon (Lyon)
  • How to Watch:ย FS1

You can watch all the matches live on the channels listed or streaming online at FoxSports.com with a cable sign in.

If highlights are more your style, check out @FOXSoccer on Twitter where goals and game recaps are posted throughout the day.

All game times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.


Golden Boot Outlook

The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goal scorer at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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Alex Morgan and Ellen White both register goals in Tuesday’s semifinal match to remain in a dead heat for the Golden Boot. White will play in the Third Place Match on Saturday, meaning Morgan will know exactly what she has to do to win the top prize in the Final on Sunday.


Keep up to date on everything Women’s World Cup right here on “The Bat Flip” where we will be posting our daily Women’s World Cupdate to recap what went on and preview what’s still to come in France.

Women’s World Cup: Semifinal Preview

It’s been a long road, but we are now in the home stretch of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Four teams remain in contention to win the trophy on Sunday, but after Wednesday, that number will be down to just two as the semifinal round is now upon us. Pre-tournament favorites England and the United States will do battle in the first match, while dark horses Sweden and the Netherlands will meet to determine who moves on from the second. Some sides may have better odds than others at this stage, but you can’t argue that none of the remaining four sides don’t deserve to at this stage.

Lyon, France now becomes the epicenter of all the action, with the Stade de Lyon playing host to both semifinal matches on Tuesday and Wednesday. The winners will remain in Lyon for the Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, while the losers will play in the Third Place Match on Saturday in Nice.

Here now is our preview for the semifinal round of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.


The Teams

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Three weeks and 48 matches have winnowed the original field of 24 nations down to just four left standing. One of England, Netherlands, Sweden, or the United States will be raising the trophy in Lyon, but first, we need to find out which two sides will be playing for the trophy. Two semifinal matches will determine who moves onto the Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, and which two will be relegated to the Third Place Match in Nice on Saturday.

England

England returns to the Women’s World Cup semifinals for the second straight tournament, but this time they are looking to take care of some unfinished business. Four years ago in Canada, the Lionesses made a surprise run to their first semifinal appearance, but fell to Japan on a late own goal. Now four years on, England is a better all around squad and has the experience of playing on a big stage in the past. Just like when they played Japan in 2015, if England wants to play for a World Cup title, they will have to go through the defending champions.

How they got here:ย def. Norway 3-1 in Quarterfinal round.

Next up:ย United States on July 2nd.

Netherlands

Four years ago, the Netherlands made its Women’s World Cup debut in Canada, and now they are just two wins away from winning the title. Coming into France as the reigning European champions, the Dutch were a popular pick as a dark horse much like Croatia was last year at the World Cup. They have played five games in this tournament and walked away with five wins. Now they sit on the precipice of making more history if they can win a sixth straight game to take out fellow European side Sweden on Wednesday.

How they got here:ย def. Italy 2-0 in Quarterfinal round.

Next up:ย Sweden on July 3rd.

Sweden

Sweden may be the most unexpected squad to make the semifinals, but that’s only because who they had to play to get here. They slid past a solid Canada side in the Round of 16 then outclassed a Germany side in the Quarterfinals who looked like world beaters until they ran into the Swedes. This will mark Sweden’s fourth time qualifying for the Women’s World Cup semifinals, with two third place finishes and a runner-up finish in 2003 to their credit. They also won silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics to top it all off. It took ending a 24 year losing streak against Germany to get here, now they have to make it all worth it starting Wednesday.

How they got here:ย def. Germany 2-1 in Quarterfinal round.

Next up:ย Netherlands on July 3rd.

United States

Entering the semifinals, the United States is now a heavy favorite to win the tournament with France and Germany out of the picture. Though the odds may be in their favor, trophies aren’t won at the scorebook. Instead, the United States will have to go through two Top-10 ranked sides if they hope to lift the trophy in Lyon on Sunday. This is the eighth time the United States has played in a Women’s World Cup, making the semifinals all eight times. Win on Tuesday and they will play for a fourth star and second straight title. Lose and they will have to settle for third place at best with all their expectations unmet.

How they got here:ย def. France 2-1 in Quarterfinal round.

Next up:ย England on July 2nd.


The Bracket

A look at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup bracket as it stands heading into the Semifinal round.

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What started as 24 teams is now down to just for as they head to Lyon to battle it to see who will play in the Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday. Winners advance while the losers hed to Nice for the Third Place Match on Saturday.


Semifinal Matches

Four teams, two matches, and only two spots available in the Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday in Lyon. England and the United States get the action started in Lyon on Tuesday as the two long time global rivals meet in their biggest head-to-head match ever on the pitch. Then on Wednesday, Sweden and the Netherlands meet in the second semifinal to decide who will join Tuesday’s winner back at the Stade de Lyon for the title match on Sunday.

England v. United States

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England bulldozed its way past Norway in the quarterfinals while the United States scraped by France in a nailbiter. Now the two will meet on the pitch in Lyon in the first of two semifinal matches. The winner moves on to the Women’s World Cup Final back in Lyon while the loser is relegated to the Third Place Match in Nice. This is a matchup between two of the top three ranked teams in the world so there is sure to be fireworks. One other thing to watch out for, the top three goal scorers at the tournament will be on the pitch with Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Ellen White all expected to play.

  • Date:ย Tuesday, July 2nd
  • Time:ย 3:00 PM
  • Location:ย Stade de Lyon (Lyon)
  • How to Watch:ย FOX

Prediction:ย United States 3, England 1

Netherlands v. Sweden

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For the Netherlands, this is all uncharted territory, playing in their first ever Women’s World Cup semifinal in just their second ever tournament appearance. On the other side stands Sweden, who has been here many times before, but have never been able to capture the ultimate crown. The Netherlands are undoubtedly a rising soccer power in the women’s game while Sweden has been a mainstay with a long record of success on the pitch. When the two sides meet on Wednesday, one will emerge on the brink of history.

  • Date:ย Wednesday, July 3rd
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Location:ย Stade de Lyon (Lyon)
  • How to Watch:ย FS1

Prediction:ย Netherlands 2, Sweden 1 (Netherlands wins in extra time)

That completes just a very brief look at the pair of matches that will compromise the semifinal stage at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. You can watch both matches live on their respective television channels, or you can catch the action online at foxsports.com with a cable sign in.


Golden Boot Outlook

The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goal scorer at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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As the tournament enters the final week of play, the Golden Ball is still up for grabs. It looks to be a three player race between Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Ellen White, but there are still a lot of talented scorers left that could spoil the party with a good showing. All remaining players are guaranteed at least two more matches with the Third Place Match now in play.

Not shown on this list are Netherlands leading scorer Vivianne Miedema who sits in 12th with three goals, and Sweden’s leading scorer Kosovare Asllani in 17th on two goals.


Once the semifinals begin on Tuesday, we will continuing with our daily World Cupdates recapping the previous day of action along with a preview of what’s still to come as the tournament enters the final few days. Make sure you are checking back with us everyday to keep up to date on the latest news from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.