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The United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) holds an incredible record, winning their fourth FIFA World Cup in 2019. They’ve dominated the international stage for years, and people are eager to see who will overtake the throne. With the Tokyo 2021 Olympics looming let’s take a look at five of the USWNT’s major competitors. 

FRANCE

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FIFA World Ranking: No. 3

2019 World Cup: Quarterfinals 

Key Player: Wendie Renard. Her quick feet, aerial ability, and range of passing make her one of the best defenders in the world. During the group stages of the 2019 World Cup, she scored three times and became France’s top scorer.

In the 2019 World Cup, France was one of the favorites to win. They made it to the quarterfinals after losing 2-1 to the USA. With a squad that boasts tremendous talents, they will be ones to watch. 

ENGLAND

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FIFA World Ranking: No. 6

2019 World Cup: Fourth

Key Player: Nikita Parris. She is her team’s top scorer and the 2019 FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year. With an eye for goal, many will do well to not concede against her. 

Last year, England won the SheBelives Cup for the first time, beating out the United States, proving they can take on and defeat the world’s best teams.

AUSTRALIA

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FIFA World Ranking: No. 7

2019 World Cup: Round of 16

Key Player: Samantha Kerr. In 2019 she was named the NWSL’s most valuable player and claimed the league’s Golden Boot for the third consecutive year. Her incredible speed and fast decision making makes her an important player.

In the 2015 World Cup, the Matildas defeated Brazil 1-0 and became the first Australian team (men’s and women’s) to do so. They also won against the United States in 2017 and went on to become the inaugural tournament champions. 

NETHERLANDS

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FIFA World Ranking: No. 4

2019 World Cup: Runner-Up

Key Player: Lieke Martens. The winger has provided numerous goals for the Netherlands. Martens was named the best player at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017. She is considered the best dribbler by many and although favouring the left-wing her ability to shoot with her right makes her almost unplayable. 

After winning the 2017 European Championships they made it through to the 2019 World Cup finals, and although they lost, they showed the world they are a formidable team. 

SWEDEN

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FIFA World Ranking: No. 5 

2019 World Cup: Third

Key Player: Kosovare Asllani. Despite suffering an injury during the early stages of the 2019 World Cup she returned to face England for the bronze medal and helped secure victory. She is known for her speed and technique. 

Sweden has shown to be a very talented team with a lot of potential. With a few bronze medals in the cabinet, Sweden has demonstrated that they are another team looking to compete at the highest level. 

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