Underdogs Luxembourg look to bounce back against England in World Cup qualifying. Here, players discuss the challenges they face against the 2022 Women's European champions and the lessons they'll take from it.
The 12th OFC Women's Nations Cup offers up an opportunity for a country other than Australia or New Zealand to earn a spot at the 2023 intercontinental playoffs, from which two teams earn final 2023 World Cup berths. Coaches Lisa Cole (Fiji) and Nicola Demaine (Papua New Guinea) discuss the difficulties their smaller nations face in preparing for the tournament.
The gap between the more established European nations and those smaller nations still developing their women's national team programs seems to be ever-widening given recent World Cup qualifying matches. Richard Laverty examines the necessity for increased qualifying rounds to help further development and spoke to coaches for their thoughts on the qualifying format.
Thailand forward Miranda Nild reflects on her 2019 World Cup experience, including the 13-goal defeat at the hands of the USWNT. Nild also discusses where the team is in terms of support from the country's federation.
Janine van Wyk reminisces about her World Cup experience as a member of the South Africa Women's National Team that made its first appearance in a Women's World Cup in 2019. Van Wyk discusses the impact the Banyana Banyana's appearance in the World Cup has had on football in South Africa.
The U.S. Women's National Team defeated the Netherlands, 2-0, to win a record fourth Women's World Cup. It's the second straight World Cup title for the United States. Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle were the goal scorers.