Women's World Cup basics for people who don't watch soccer

England Women’s Rachel Daly and Millie Bright celebrate victory after the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying group 1 match

England Women’s Rachel Daly and Millie Bright celebrate victory after the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying group 1 match

In what it says is the first step in a legal action, Professional Footballers Australia-the union that represents the Australian women's and men's national teams-has sent a new letter to Federation Internationale de Football Association in which it repeatedly uses the word "discrimination" to describe the prize money that Federation Internationale de Football Association has chose to award at the upcoming women's World Cup ($30 million total) compared to the amount awarded at the 2018 men's World Cup ($400 million). But the event in France offers a rich array of talent and a fabulous platform on which to exhibit it.

However the power of the Americans and Germans is set to be challenged now that some of the other traditional football powers, who for years did not take women's football seriously, are catching up.

The Germans are led by Alexandra Popp, who has 46 goals in 96 worldwide appearances. They were unbeatable during World Cup Qualifying in CONCACAF, where they scored 26 goals in total and conceded none. Arguably the biggest tournament this summer, the cup kicks off (quite literally) in France this Friday.

Iwabuchi is poised to have a great impact in France after starring in her country's triumph at last year's Asian Cup, in which she was named Most Valuable Player.

The United States finds themselves in Group F alongside Thailand, Chile and Sweden.

PRIZE MONEY: The prize money for the World Cup will be $30 million, of which $4 million will go to the federation of the champion. While this may be four years too early, South Korea did show last tournament that you shouldn't sleep on this bunch.

Another of the many Lyon stars ready to shine in France, Marozsan will be crucial to Germany's chances of beating the United States and lifting their third World Cup. Last season, she led the NWSL in goals for the second straight year with 16.

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The Sarfraz-led side then came back strongly beating favourites England in their second match. Shoaib Malik played the match against England at number seven position.

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"We got the women's World Cup in 2015".

The 5-2 victory by the USA over Japan in the 2015 Women's World Cup final in Canada marked the most-watched soccer game on English-language television in US history, with 23 million people tuning in to witness as the USA women won their third World Cup title.

Known for her mazy dribbles and accurate shooting, she will likely be used as an impact substitute to bamboozle exhausted legs for a team stacked with experienced attacking talent.

At the 2016 Olympics in her native country, she played with so much passion that fans crossed out Neymar's name on their No. 10 jerseys and wrote in Marta's. "It's been three years since the last Olympics and we have an fantastic squad, we believe in ourselves, we have high expectations", Schmidt said.

While the women's prize money pool has increased 100% since the last edition in Canada four years ago, PFA said that with the men's also growing (up 12%) it would take until 2039 for pay to become equal.

However, it is just a fraction of the $400 million in prize money for last year's men's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Brazil forward Marta has returned to training after recovering from a left thigh injury, five days before the team plays its opening match at the Women's World Cup. They were the runners up at the Copa America Femenina, losing to Brazil in the final.

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