The final group features two top-10 nations, and two more in the top 30. It is spearheaded by one of the favorites, France. It is a quality grouping.
There is little doubt the high-powered offense of France will get them through this group, but the other three teams will have to fight tooth and nail to advance. Each and every match will be big. Let’s not belabor the point – here is your preview of Group F.
FIFA Ranking: 28
21-year-old Yoreli Rincon is the driving force of Colombia. She has international experience at the club level, and has been leading this squad through their senior level matches. Colombia will only go as far as she will take them.
This is is the second appearance for Colombia at the World Cup.
Colombia has a chance to get through, but it won’t be easy. Had they ended up in another group not lettered D they would have a great chance to go on. It’ll just be difficult to get the necessary points here.
FIFA Ranking: 6
England is in the top 10, but no one is talking about them. How far can they go in their fourth Women’s World Cup?
This is an experienced team they bring to Canada with a good amount of offensive talent. Having no one talking about them will benefit England. They will only have their own pressure. No one is expecting them to seriously contend, but they should advance through.
This is a spoiler type team. They have all the talent to stun someone in the knockout rounds. They are no longer under the guidance of Hope Powell, and it will be a new England squad than you have ever seen before.
FIFA Ranking: 3
One of the serious threats to win it all – France.
To say they have offensive fire power would be an understatement. They can score on anyone, and they can score quickly. They are talent rich. The only nation that has more offensive talent is the United States.
Since 2011 it’s been all uphill for France. They broke through as a serious threat at the last World Cup, put on a show at the Olympics, and were awarded the 2019 Women’s World Cup. They have consistently tested themselves against the best in the world. They haven’t always gotten the positive results, but they are building toward something big.
Louisa Necib is the best player on the pitch for France, but strikers such as Gaetane Thiney are not far behind.
This is only their third time at the World Cup, but they are a force to be reckoned with in this field.
FIFA Ranking: 25
Mexico returns to the World Cup for the third time, and they field a young team. Monica Ocampo is their most notable player. Their team has several players from the NWSL, and with such a young roster do not expect a lot of surprises.
Mexico has challenged themselves against top squads, but the results were not good. They have been outscored 20-1 in four recent meetings against the United States. However, they have been competitive against host nation Canada.
Due to the expanded field, Mexico has an outside shot to advance through. They’ll need to topple Colombia for that to be a possibility.
If you have been following along with my predictions (sure to go wrong) you’ll note I already have my four third-place teams through to the KO rounds. Why do I forsake two Group F teams?
Firstly, France is going to demolish this group. A full nine points, and their games will not be all that competitive.
England could get six points, but I feel like Mexico can maintain a draw there. The English get four points by beating Colombia in their final group match. The important match between Colombia and Mexico is first up in group play.
And they will draw. Failing to earn three points means they will not be able to advance.
Group Winners: Canada, Germany, Japan, United States, Brazil, France
Second-Place: Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, England
Third-Place: South Korea (E), Australia (D), Cameroon (C), Ivory Coast (B)
That does it for the group previews and predictions, but tomorrow I will have my full knockout round predictions coming your way.