As the last round of friendlies begins to come to a close, the Women’s World Cup is upon us.
The Women’s World Cup kicks off on June 7 at 3:00 with France vs South Korea in Paris. 52 matches later, the world will crown a champion of the women’s game for the next four years.
The United States are current world champions, demolishing Japan in the final 5-2 after a less-than-convincing tournament leading up to the final. However, where the 2015 tournament was a 2-horse race between Japan and the US, soccer betting on the 2019 World Cup indicates a significantly tighter affair.
Women's World Cup Odds
|Country||To Win||Top 4|
USWNT Not Runaway Favorites
Exactly three weeks out from the tournament, the US isn’t even sole favorites. Hosts France and the US are tied at +350 to take the world title, with Germany hot on their heels at +550. England rounds out the top four at +600, a realistic shout to win it all.
In addition to the overall winner, most sportsbooks are offering odds on finishing the tournament Top 4. The US, France, Germany, and England are all under even odds to make the semifinal, sitting at -177, -177, -134, and -106 respectively.
The field opens up significantly below England. The Netherlands, the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro champions, sit as fifth favorite at +1200 to win, +180 to finish top 4. Below them are the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup champions and runners-up Japan and Australia (respectively) at +1700 to win, +230 Top 4.
For those paying attention to the Ballon d’Or this past season, the first ever Women’s Ballon d’Or winner was Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg. She will not be playing for Norway in an ongoing protest of how Norway’s women’s players are treated. As a result, Norway’s odds are a massive +6600, +750 Top 4.
Group Winner Odds
There’s more than just overall winners to betting. Of the six groups in the World Cup, only a couple of them have real favorites. Simply based on the odds, the groups should lead to a few interesting battles.
France -250, Norway +285, South Korea +375, Nigeria +2200
Co-favorites for the tournament France are a pretty good bet to go through, and are expected to run through the group without a lot of trouble. But Norway and South Korea are both decent shouts to pull off an upset or two.
Germany -1000, Spain +700, China +1200, South Africa +5000
This is as cut-and-dry as it gets, nobody in group B will challenge the Germans.
Brazil -106, Australia +110, Italy +600, Jamaica +2000
Group C will be a hot contest. Brazil are narrow favorites, led by one of the best women’s players ever to play the game: Marta. However, they have to contend with a veteran Australia that could very easily win all 3 games. Italy is very much a contender as well, having won automatic qualification in UEFA.
England -143, Japan +145, Scotland +1200, Argentina +2200
England leads Japan on the back of youthful experience. Japan’s “golden generation” has aged considerably, leading to their longer odds than previous years.
Netherlands +100, Canada +120, New Zealand +700, Cameroon +3000
Flip a coin on the Netherlands and Canada. Despite Canada’s +2500 odds to win the tournament, they will be a dangerous side. The Dutch are European champions, and New Zealand will be a tough customer.
USA -335, Sweden +300, Chile +1400, Thailand +6600
The US look to enter the tournament in dangerous form, it’ll be hard to bet against them winning the group. They could win on pure talent alone, but the US and Sweden drew in the last World Cup, and could still be a tricky side for the Yanks to navigate.