- Team USA beat Team Sweden 2-0 to clinch the number one spot of their Group.
- Half of the teams that started in the Cup have been eliminated in the first round.
- The Knockout phase of the tournament will be held from June 22nd – June 25th.
PARIS – The Knockout stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup will officially begin on Saturday, June 22nd. Sixteen of the best teams in women’s soccer will go head to head in eight separate games in hopes of making the quarter-finals. During this stage of the Cup, only one game is played, causing all losing teams to be eliminated. To paraphrase Ron Burgundy, it’s kind of a big deal.
The Knockout Phase Schedule
Saturday, June 22nd
Germany will play Nigeria at 11:30 am ET. This match will be televised on FS1. Germany enters the game undefeated. They are the favorite to win with odds of -600 while Nigeria has been given +1300 odds.
Next up is Norway vs. Australia beginning at 3:00 pm ET on the Fox network. Norway and Australia both suffered one loss during the first phase of games making them pretty evenly matched. This game is expected to be a close one as Norway has been given odds of +215 to win while Australia has +115 odds.
Sunday, June 23rd
The first game to kick off Sunday will be England and Cameroon vying for a spot in the quarterfinals. The excitement begins at 11:30 am ET on FS1. England has odds of -750 to beat Cameroon who was given modest odds of +1800. England finished in the number one spot of their Group.
France and Brazil will both try and knock each other out of the World Cup. France has been a favorite to make the Finals since before the tournament even began. The game will begin at 3:00 pm ET on the FOX network. France has -315 odds to win while Brazil has +750. Although Brazil is a formidable opponent, there is something to be said about a home field advantage, which France has in its favor.
Monday, June 24th
Can the USA beat Spain to advance to the quarterfinals? “People should know we rotate our players, we have a strong 23, and we’re always fresh and ready to go,” said Team USA winger Crystal Dunn to the press after their win against Sweden to seal the first-place status of their Group.
The reigning champions have been giving a banner performance during this World Cup. Spain hasn’t fared as well, with only one win under their belts so far. The game will start at 12:00 pm ET on FS1. The United States has -275 odds while Spain is entering the field with odds of +750.
Sweden will take on Canada after the US game at 3:00 pm ET on FS1. These teams both had one loss during the first part of the World Cup. Sweden had better statistics for their performance making them the favorite to beat Canada, but not by much. Sweden has odds of +230 while Canada has odds of +125. It’s anyone’s game for these two teams, it’s just a question of who wants it more.
Tuesday, June 25th
The final day of the knockout round will begin with Italy playing China at 12:00 pm ET on FS1. China comes into this match as the underdogs as they have only won one game during the qualifying round. Italy was able to win two games. Team Italy is the favorite with odds of -130. China has been given +365 odds to clobber Italy.
The Netherlands and Japan will be the last game of the Knockout phase of the World Cup. FS1 will be televising the match at 3:00 pm ET. The Netherlands will take the field undefeated and confident to go up against Japan who has not had the best performance in the tournament, winning only one game. Japan has a +355 odds shot of winning the match against the Netherlands who have been given the best odds at -125.
USAOnlineSportsbooks.com is getting read as things are heating up for the Knockout phase of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The United States and France are the teams that experts believe will make it to the Final. As for U.S. Coach Jill Ellis, she told reporters, "This team is firmly rooted on the ground. There's a humility, the players have played the game for long enough to know you have to earn every result.” It sounds like the reigning champions may very well keep their title for another four years.