The teams playing in the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, with ranking, qualification, appearances, coach, players to watch, facts to know and the state of women’s soccer in each nation:
FIFA RANKING: 5
QUALIFICATION: Runner-up at the CONCACAF Qualification tournament
WORLD CUP APPEARANCES: 1995 (10th), 1999 (12th), 2003 (4th), 2007 (9th), 2011 (16th), 2015 (6th), 2019
COACH: Kenneth Heiner-Moller
KEY PLAYERS: Christine Sinclair, Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence.
WHAT TO KNOW: Sinclair is Canada’s most prolific scorer ever. She has 180 international goals, just four goals back of American Abby Wambach, who holds the record among men and women. Canada was led by John Herdman at the last World Cup, and he has moved on to coach the nation’s men’s team. Kenneth Heiner-Moller coached the Danish women’s national team from 2006-13. Canada has won the bronze medal in the last two Olympics.
STATE OF THE GAME: The Canadian federation pays the salaries for the national team players allocated to the U.S-based National Women’s Soccer League.
FIFA RANKING: 46
QUALIFICATION: Third at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of…