Women’s World Cup: Group F Preview
In this year’s World Cup, I believe there is one group that has a clear frontrunner that should advance to the knockout round–France in Group F. France’s offensive game should be enough to get them through this round. The team is led by Gaetane Thiney and Louisa Necib, who both dominated in the European qualifying matches. The coach of the French national team, Philippe Bergeroo, is new to the women’s soccer game and will be trying to prove that he belongs in the game.
England is coming into this World Cup on a roll, winning each of their ten qualifying matches. This feat is more impressive, considering they switched coaches almost midway through that ten game stretch. The team features two players who are very experienced, Alex Scott and Fara Williams.
Colombia is making their second-ever appearance in the World Cup this year. They did not play well four years ago, but are hoping for a better outing this time around. Yoreli Rincon, a midfielder for Colombia, will be trying to replicate the success she had in 2014 at the Copa America, where she led her team in goals.
Mexico had a tough time getting into this World Cup. In 2014, they beat Trinidad and Tobago to become the last team to qualify. Charlyn Corral’s performance in the last two games of that tournament were huge and led to Mexico getting that bid.
France seems to be the favorite in this group. As for the rest of the group, it will be interesting to see who locks up the second spot in Group F. After France, it should be a brawl for the No. 2 group position, and should provide some good drama in group play.
What are your thoughts on Group F in the 2015 Women’s World Cup? Leave your comments in the section below.
Colby Gatz covers the Women’s World Cup for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15.