What you need to know
The world cup is just nine days away and here at BPVE we’re getting very excited about a month of some brilliant football. At the end of 2022 we were treated to one of the finest world cups in living memory finishing with Messi lifting the most coveted trophy in football. That’s a lot to live up to and on July 20th the women will take center stage in, without doubt, the most anticipated international football tournament ever played in the women’s game.
Everything you need to know…
The tournament will be held from July 20th to August 30th and it’s being co hosted Australia and New Zealand. Cambodia, fresh from hosting the SEA Games, will know the pressure that Aussies & Kiwis will be under to deliver a flawless tournament. Can they deliver?
It’s expected to be the most viewed tournament in living memory and this will also be the first tournament with the expanded thirty two teams instead of twenty four. Eight groups of four teams, three games each and the top two going through to the knockout stages. The final will be played in Sydney on August 20th.
The teams to watch out for… .
The USA are ranked number 1 in the world and have won the last two competitions. They will come and be expected to be there or thereabouts come August 20th. The English are defending European champions and the raised profile of the game in the UK has lead to a golden generation being created. Norway, Sweden & Germany will all be dangerous but will need a lot of luck.
Asia best chance will lie in the hands of Japan. The world cup winners in 2011 will always be fancied and are the continents strongest team. South Korea, China, Philippines & Vietnam join them all will be expected to give a good account of themselves rather than be a threat to the champions.
Gender equity issues arise…
Unfortunately in 2023 we’re still in on this ridiculous scenario of having to talk about the gap in wages between men’s and women’s tournaments. The English in particular have come under a lot of pressure as they have told the girls that win or lose they won’t be getting paid bonuses. A world away from the mens comp back in November last year where all players were offered $500,000 EACH to bring home the World Cup. More on this story as it unravels. It remains to be seen if any other social issues will take over the on field entertainment. Qatar was wall to wall with human rights accusations we just hope that the girls will be given the chance to showcase their talent and it not be turned into a clown show.
There is no doubt the women’s game is growing all over the world and this will be without any doubt the best women’s tournament ever played.
Coming in the next episode of our preview we will take a closer look at the Asian teams looking to make their mark..
This article is adapted from BPVE, (https://bpve.com/) reported and edited from the great team – Cambodia Sports Review. (https://www.cambodiasportsreview.com/)
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