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The World Cup is already tomorrow

Like men’s football in 2021-2022, the women’s teams will experience busy months ahead. In addition to the Euro this summer, the World Cup is also looming on the horizon. From July 20 to August 20, 2023, more precisely. Or in a year, roughly speaking. A proximity of the two international competitions which is explained by a modification of the calendar. Initially, the continental meeting was actually to be held during the summer of 2021. But Covid obliges, the European Championship has been postponed by UEFA, and will therefore precede the World Cup in New Zealand by only a few months and Australia, to which the France team is already qualified.

France team – blue sky on the horizon?

Two out of three. This is, for the moment, the number of objectives achieved by the French women’s team during this busy year 2022. After winning their second Tournoi de France last February and then validating their qualification for the World Cup next year (see elsewhere), Corinne Deacon’s players now have the Euro in their sights. A competition that the Habs have never won in their history. No title, even, has come to complete the showcase of the French Football Federation (FFF). Apart from these two Tournaments of France mentioned above, of course (2020, 2022).

Quarter-final, best performance

At best, the France team has climbed to the quarter-finals of the continental competition. Three times: in 2009, 2013 then 2017. Far, far from what the host country of the 2019 World Cup can really claim. Far, too, from the objective set by the coach and her players for the English edition. Last November, the former Clermont coach confided the common and affirmed ambition of “making the final” and “winning this first title. To hope to get there, Corinne Deacon can count on a group that she has been working to shape for months, even years. Unveiled on May 30, the list includes a clever mix of taulières (Renard, Torrent, Peyraud-Magnin, …) and youth (Katoto, Baltimore, …), to which it will be necessary at all costs to add an osmosis cruelly absent during the World Cup in France in 2019. “No surprises” concocted by Corinne Deacon therefore, but “choices” made to forge “the most competitive team” possible. And go, finally, to win this international title which is lacking in French women’s football. Blue sky on the horizon?

The groups

The Euro drawPhoto credit – Icon Sport

Group A:

  • Norway
  • England
  • Austria
  • North Ireland

Group B:

  • Germany
  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Spain

Group C:

  • Sweden
  • Russia
  • Netherlands
  • Swiss

Group D:

  • France
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Belgium

The calendar

The competition schedule

  • Group stage: July 6 to 18
  • Quarter-finals: July 20-23
  • Semi-finals: July 26 and 27
  • Final: July 31

The calendar of the French team

  • July 10, 9 p.m.: France – Italy, in Rotherham
  • July 14, 9 p.m.: France – Belgium, in Rotherham
  • July 18, 9 p.m.: Iceland – France, in Rotherham

The winners by editions

  • 1984: Sweden
  • 1987: Norway
  • 1989: West Germany
  • 1991: Germany
  • 1993: Norway
  • 1995: Germany
  • 1997: Germany
  • 2001: Germany
  • 2005: Germany
  • 2009: Germany
  • 2013: Germany
  • 2017: Netherlands

The stages of the competition

  • Wembley Stadium in London (90,000 seats)
  • Old Trafford in Manchester (74,879 seats)
  • Brighton Community Stadium in Brighton (30,750 seats)
  • Bramall Lane in Sheffield (32,702 spaces)
  • St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton (32,505 seats)
  • Stadium MK in Milton Keynes (30,500 seats)
  • Brentford Community Stadium in Brentford (17,250 seats)
  • New York Stadium in Rotherham (12,021 seats)
  • Leigh Sports Village in Manchester (12,000 seats)
  • Academy Stadium in Manchester (7000 seats)

to summarize

The Euro is combined with women for 2022. After the men’s edition last year, it is therefore time for the women’s selections in just one month, from July 6 to 31. A year before the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, the Championship is heading to England where the fight for the final title promises to be tough. The French team, the favourites, the expected stars, … a few weeks before kick-off, an overview of a competition that promises to be exciting!

Etienne Leray

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