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Women’s World Cup Betting Offers 2023

womens world cup trophyYou can see how difficult women have had it in sport by looking at football.  The first men’s World Cup took place in 1930, yet it took a further 61 years for the first organised women’s World Cup to take place.  That was not down to a lack of interest, but more because of misogynistic rhetoric and strong initial resistance from the men’s game, from the FIFA boys club in particular.  Even Pelé once said football is ‘not a real sport for women’.

Things have changed a lot in recent decades and now the Women’s World Cup is starting to achieve a prestige it deserves.  This change is driven not just by new liberal attitudes but more by the fact there is more money in the game, and let’s face it football runs on money, meaning more sponsorship and TV interest.  Of course when people are watching sport in their masses that also means the bookies take an interest too, which mean more markets, more competitive odds and more added value offers (one reason you may be on this page).

The 2023 tournament will be hosted in June and July 2023 with the host due to be selected by the end of March 2020.  This time 24 or 32 teams will take part, depending on whether FIFA decides to increase the size of the competition.  One thing for sure is the prize money is almost guaranteed to double.  Latest offers are listed below, more details about the World Cup format and history are shown further down.

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FIFA Women’s Football World Cup

world cup signThere is an extent to which the development of women’s football seems like something of a modern development, thanks in no small part to the way that that facet of the sport has been treated with contempt by the authorities until recent times. Eventually it got to the point that it could no longer be ignored, given that more than 30 million women and girls play the game around the world.

Despite even football-mad countries like Brazil banning women’s football from 1941 until 1979, with Pelé declaring that ‘can be a hobby, but not a real sport for women’, many fought for the right to play and gradually began to gain it.

Nowhere is that more evident than in the formation of the Women’s World Cup in 1991, coming under the jurisdiction of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. It mirrors the men’s World Cup insomuch as it is held every four years and there is a qualification phase that takes place in the three years prior.

It also involves a tournament proper that takes place over a period of roughly a month in a host nation, with the games spread around different cities and areas. With a group phase followed by a knockout tournament, the only major differences between the Women’s World Cup and that competed by men are the gender of the participants and the respect it is given by the wider footballing community.

Qualification Format

keeper makes a save in womens football matchThe Women’s World Cup follows roughly the same format as the men’s version of the tournament, starting with a qualifying section. This is broken down into the six different continental zones that come under FIFA’s jurisdiction and are organised by the following confederations:

  • Asian Football Confederation
  • Confederation of African Football
  • South American Football Confederation
  • Union of European Football Associations
  • Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football
  • Oceania Football Confederation

A decision is taken before the tournament how many berths for the tournament proper will be given to each confederation, which is a decision that is based on their strength relative to each other at the time that the decision is made.

The only side that gets a place automatically is the host nation. A decision was taken ahead of the 2015 iteration of the tournament that the number of participating teams would increase from 16 to 24.

For 2023 the FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, it has been suggested the number increase again from 24 to 32 teams, with the prize money due to double to around $60 million.

2023 Tournament Format

Phase Date Matches
Group Match 1 June 12
Group Match 2 June 12
Group Match 3 June 12
Round of 16 June 8
Quarter-Finals June 4
Semi-Finals July 2
3rd Place Play-Off July 1
Final July 1

The tournament itself takes place over a period of about one month. It is split into two halves, the first of which features a group stage and the second part being a knockout tournament.

The groups have four teams in each, resulting in six of them, with the teams playing each other once in a round-robin format. The final match of each group takes place at the time same time so as to avoid one team knowing whether or not they’ve made it through to the knockout stage.

The knockout phase features the top two teams from each of the groups as well as the four best teams that finished third. This is decided according to the greatest number of points, with 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw, then goal difference, goals scored, head-to-head records and so on.

The knockout phase involves elimination matches to reduce the number of teams from 16 to 8 then 4 and finally 2. The losing semi-finalists play a third-place play-off game ahead of the final itself.

History Of The Women’s World Cup

womens world cup trophyThe desire for women to play competitive football on a global scale predates the formation of the official Women’s World Cup by decades, with the first occurrence coming in Italy in 1970 when matches were played throughout July.

The sponsorship name of the tournament made it the Martini Rosso Cup and it is never considered as an official tournament because it wasn’t sanctioned by FIFA. The following seven countries sent teams:

  • Germany
  • England
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Mexico

Czechoslovakia had prepared to send a team but they withdrew. Even back then there was a desire from audiences to watch women’s football, with crowds of up to 30,000 appearing for games. The hosts, Italy, reached the final where they lost 2-0 to Denmark.

Unofficial Tournaments

corner taken in womens football match

The 1970 Coppa del Mondo was successful enough to mean that a follow-up tournament was organised for the following year, hosted by Mexico. Again, FIFA refused to sanction the Campeonato de Fútbol Femenil, which took place across August and September.

This time there was a qualifying phase, with two groups happening in Europe and one in the Americas. From the European qualifying France, Italy, Denmark and England qualified, whilst Mexico and Argentina joined them. The countries that missed out were the Netherlands, Sweden, Costa Rica and Austria. Once again Denmark defeated the host team in the final, beating Mexico 3-0 in Mexico City.

As the 1970s progressed and it was clear that women’s football was more than just a passing fad, numerous countries began to lift the bans that they had put in place on the sport. Soon international tournaments were held in the likes of Asia and Europe, with the Mundialito, or ‘little World Cup’, began to be held and the first one, which took place in 1984, saw Italy win at the expense of West Germany.

The final one of these tournament was hosted in 1988 and saw an English footballing side win a major international tournament for the first time since 1966 when they beat Mundialito holders Italy 2-1 after Extra-Time.

FIFA Gets Involved

womens football swedish fanA declaration from Ellen Wille that FIFA’s Congress needed to do more for women’s football combined with the success of the Women’s World Invitational Tournament that took place between 1978 and 1987 led to the organisation’s decision to organise the FIFA Women’s Invitation Tournament in 1988.

Hosted by China, the idea behind the tournament was to test the viability of an international competition specifically for women’s football. Held over twelve days in June, it featured four clubs from UEFA, three from the Asian Federation, two from CONCACAF and one apiece representing OFC, CAF and CONMEBOL.

The final was an ell-European affair, featuring Sweden and Norway and with the latter winning it 1-0. Crowds averaged more than 20,000, with 45,000 people turning up to watch the opening match between the hosts and Canada.

It meant that FIFA could no longer turn a blind-eye to the popularity of women’s football and the result was the announcement on the 30th of June that FIFA would be establishing a Women’s World Cup. It was also planned to take place in China and was scheduled for 1991.

First Women’s World Cup

football trophyHosted by the Chinese province of Guangdong between the 16th and 30th of November 1991, the inaugural Women’s World Cup was sponsored by Mars, Incorporated and saw the twelve qualifying teams split up into 3 groups with four teams in each. They were as follows:

  • Group A:
    • China
    • Norway
    • Denmark
    • New Zealand
  • Group B:
    • United States
    • Sweden
    • Brazil
    • Japan
  • Group C:
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Chinese Taipei
    • Nigeria

The US team started the knockout phase in impressive fashion, beating Chinese Taipei 7-0, facing Germany in the semi-finals after they’d beaten Denmark 2-1 in the quarters. The other semi-final saw Sweden, who had won their quarter-final match against China 1-0, face Norway after they’d beaten Italy 3-2.

The United States continued their impressive form, beating Germany 5-2 to set up a thrilling encounter with a Norway side that had beaten Sweden 4-1 in their semi-final matchup. The US won the final 2-1, whilst Sweden beat Germany 4-0 in the third place match. It seen as a resounding success and almost immediately another tournament was planned for 1995, to be hosted by Sweden.

Previous Winners & Hosts

Year Host Final Result
2023 TBC ? ?
2019 France USA v Netherlands 2-0
2015 Canada USA v Japan 5-2
2011 Germany Japan v USA 2-2 (3-1 pens)
2007 China Germany v Brazil 2-0
2003 USA Germany v Sweden 2-1 (aet)
1999 USA USA v China 0-0 (5-4 pens)
1995 Sweden Norway v Germany 2-0
1991 China USA v Norway 2-1

Stats & Trivia

football with usa flagThe Women’s World Cup has a number of interesting facts surrounding it, from the team that’s won it the most times through to the most successful confederation. Here’s a look at some of them:

  • The 2015 tournament was hosted by Canada and saw more than 1.3 million people attend the matches
  • The lowest attendance to date occurred in 1995 when just over 112 thousand people turned up to watch the games
  • Prior to the 2023 tournament, the only host nation to also win the tournament was the United States in 1999
  • Germany became the first nation to defend the Women’s World Cup title when they won successive tournaments in 2003 and 2007
  • The trophy is a spiral band that encloses a football. It is 47 centimetres tall and weights around 4.6 kilograms, being made of sterling silver and clad in 23-karat gold
  • Between 1991 and 2019, only two confederations failed to make a final: Confederation of African Football and Oceana Football Confederation
  • The 2015 Women’s World Cup Final was watched by nearly 23 million people in America.  The 2019 last-16 game between Brazil and France was watched by a record 59 million people. England’s 2019 semi-final defeat to the USA was watched by 11.7 million people in the UK.
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