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The 2019 Women’s World Cup Has Just Started And We Are Already Keeping Our Eyes On A Few Teams

After four years of patiently waiting, the time has come to crown a new champion in the world of women’s soccer. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is set to kick off in Paris and 24 teams will vie for their chance at glory. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s at stake and which country is the favorite to hoist the trophy this year.

This could be the most important Women’s World Cup Ever.

This year’s FIFA tournament is poised to be one of the most important editions in the sport’s history. Never has there been such a wealth of talent or as many true title contenders as this year. This will be the eighth ever FIFA Women’s World Cup but never has the tournament had a platform as big as now with a growing fanbase. The four-week competition offers a chance to change attitudes and to push the drive for equality forward.

Only once has the host nation won the World Cup but this year many see it happening again.

The host nation is France and while history hasn’t been kind to the host, this year might be different. France is a strong favorite to win it’s first ever title and will begin the tournament against South Korea in the opening match. Only once has the hosting nation won the title, back in 1999 when the U.S women captured the cup.

While France might be a favorite, the U.S. women are still a lock to make it to the World Cup Final.

The U.S women’s national team hasn’t looked back since it’s 2015 victory over Japan in the World Cup Final. The U.S. is currently ranked No. 1 in the world and features a formidable array of players who should have no trouble scoring: Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath among others. Another World Cup would be huge in terms of popularity and growth on the American side of soccer. It certainly won’t be easy as global competition has improved rapidly since the last tournament.

One player’s absence is casting a shadow over the tournament.

As the sport’s best players head to France, one player will be noticeably absent. Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or award winner in 2018. Hegerberg won’t be playing at this year’s World Cup, despite Norway’s qualification. She says she would not play for Norway because she felt the women’s team was not treated equally to the men’s. She’s also cited internal problems with the culture of women’s soccer. Despite her absence, Norway is still ranked in at 12 in the world and should be a team to keep your eye on.

Germany will be a force in the tournament as it looks to capture it’s third World Cup.

Germany is currently ranked No. 2 in the world and is a favorite to make a deep run in the tournament. Led by midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsán and forward Alexandra Popp, the two-time champions are talented and are a real threat to both France and the U.S.

Brazil has traditionally been one of the best teams in the tournament but seems to have lost its step recently.

Brazil has typically been one of the most traditional powers entering the tournament but this year feels different. The team is looking more vulnerable than they have in the past. The country (FIFA’s no. 10) has lost nine games in a row, which has some questioning if they can make it out of the group stage.

The tournament begins June 7 and will end July 7. This means we get an entire month to watch women dominate and take over the global soccer stage.

The tournament, which will be played in nine French cities, is a celebration of the sports best. It’s is an event that should be acknowledged and praised as not only soccer gets a huge stage but women as well. In 2015, the tournament was filled with incredible matches and inspirational moments. This year should be no different as 24 countries kick off the tournament in hopes of inspiring their respective countries and millions of young girls along the way.

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