This seventh edition of the Women’s World Cup ended with a beautiful finish largely won by a US team at the top of its art (5-2 against Japan). Now triple world champions, the Americans have the best track record of a women’s football that continues to gain in level of play and grow throughout the world.
1. The United States are really the largest country in women’s football
For those who still doubted, American footballers have shown in Canada for a month they were still the most formidable. Their second and last title of world champions dating back to 1999 (the first in 1991). Since the first Olympic champions in 1996 had added three Olympic titles (2004, 2008 and 2012), but most had never imposed during the World Cup.
Dominating China in the quarterfinals, the champions of the German double world semis (2003 and 2007) and their new best Japanese opponent in the final (5-2), the teammates Hope Solo and Carli Lloyd deserved this third world title and enrich the most beautiful world ranking.
2. Women’s football foothold in other continents
During their victory in 2011, the Japanese had placed Asia at the top of women’s football, what China had missed a nothing 1999 (finalist). North America, with the United States and Canada, and Europe, with Germany, the Nordic countries (Norway and Sweden) and now to France and England provide the world’s best nations. But the World Cup in 2015 saw the emergence of new countries.
Eight years after their first quarter-final, the Australians have reoffended in Canada by offering the luxury to eliminate Brazil in the knockout stages. Announced as a rather small team, Colombia, she joins the knockout stages for her second participation. And with the United States, future winner, Colombian women have resisted despite early expulsion. In chickens, they had beaten France in particular to the surprise (2-0).
Finally, if the Ivory Coast served as a punching bag to Germany (10-0), the Cameroon have made a great first World Cup by reaching the knockout, just beaten 1-0 by China.
3. Les Bleues conquer the hearts and compete with the best
If the route of French footballers is tinged with slight disappointment given the quality and the scenario of their quarter-final, lost on penalties goal against Germany, after conceding an equalizer five minutes from the end of a very severe penalty, the Blues have still managed their World Cup.
After a misstep against Colombia, the Amandine Henry teammates crushed Mexico, South Korea mastered and dominated as the Germans rarely. England, they had beaten in opening (1-0) finished third in the competition, which shows a better picture than the French had better things to do.
To top it all, television audiences were excellent despite a sometimes crippling jetlag. W 9 had the hollow nose betting on the competition. The epic quarter against Germany is now the historical record of TNT with 4.2 million viewers and a peak of more than 5 million late in the game. In the round against Korea, the hearing had been close to 3 million. In four years the World 2019 held in France could complete the conversion of the French women’s football.
4. The level of goalkeepers rises
traditionally decried by detractors of women’s football, the goalkeepers were not all flawless, but they are increasingly likely to shine. Behind the two best specialists of the position, Germany’s Nadine Angerer and the American Hope Solo (voted best goalkeeper as in 2011), still very powerful in Canada, others have proved their progress.
Among them The French Sarah Bouhhadi sometimes criticized by the French press, has done a great quarter-final against Germany. Colombian Sandra Sepulveda had multiplied the judgments against France in chickens. If the size of the problem is still a limit to the effectiveness of certain shots in height, position undoubtedly gaining in density and quality.
5. Show and goals with go
One hundred forty-six goals in 52 games, or roughly an average of 2.8 goals per game. D’Amandine Henry with a powerful shot into the top corner against Mexico in the final Carli Lloyd in midfield against Japan, many of these achievements have been impressive. The team from France, the US and Japan also showed a very oiled team game. The individuals were present throughout the competition. Some stood out: Carli Lloyd was voted best player, Amandine Henry is second and Japan’s Aya Miyama is third
World: Amandine Henry, blue force