Marta, playing for the Brazilian women’s national team, scored her 17th World Cup goal during the 2019 Women’s World Cup, becoming the top scorer across the men’s and women’s tournaments. One each team has played 3 games, the two nations in each group with the most points qualify for the knockout stages. Teams are awarded 3 points for each win, 1 point each for a draw, and no points for a defeat. If a country finishes the group stage level on points with another nation, the two are separated based on who has the higher goal difference (goals scored, minus goals conceded).

If teams still cannot be separated, the team with the greater number of goals scored will be placed higher in the group. The full list of tie-breakers can be found on the FIFA tournament portal here. Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962) are the only nations to have won consecutive titles. West Germany (1982–1990) and Brazil (1994–2002) are the only nations to appear in three consecutive World Cup finals. Germany has made the most top-four finishes (13), medals (12), as well as the most finals (8).

August 1, 2023 • The top-ranked and two-time defending champion U.S. did just enough to squeak into the knockout round. Portugal dominated possession all game as the U.S. struggled to create offensive chances. Veterans Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe are leading the team but there are also some superb young talents such as Trinity Rodman and Ashley Sanchez to watch out for this summer. Get all FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 results, points tables standings, and goalscorers for each group match, and all scores for the knockout rounds, including the final, here. The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 follows a familiar format of 32 teams divided into eight groups – Group A to H – of four teams each. The teams in each group will compete in a single-headed round-robin format in the group stage of the competition.

The tournament has been held every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War. The reigning champions are Argentina, who won their third title at the 2022 tournament. Each group plays a round-robin tournament, in which each team is scheduled for three matches against other teams in the same group.

ET Tuesday for the U.S.’s crucial game against Portugal at the Women’s World Cup. Below is everything you need including the full World Cup 2023 schedule, start times, dates, how to watch and much more.

It is likely the most popular sporting event in the world, drawing billions of television viewers every tournament. The World Cup happens every four years in order to have enough time for the qualification tournaments and playoffs among national teams to take place. Additionally, four years provides the host country adequate time to plan the logistics of the tournament and how to best accommodate an influx of millions of fans.

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The host nation(s) automatically qualify for the group stage of the tournament. The next FIFA World Cup is scheduled to expand to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament. Qualifying for the World Cup is a long process during the years between each quadrennial tournament. Each of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s six confederations determines its own qualification system, which produces the men’s teams that represent each confederation’s region. The six confederations are Africa; Asia; Europe; North America, Central America, and the Caribbean; Oceania; and South America. The World Cup was first televised in 1954 and as of 2006[update] is the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world.

Referees are selected from lists that are submitted by all the national associations. The men’s World Cup all-time top scorer is Miroslav Klose of the German national football (soccer) team. He scored a total of 16 goals across four World Cup tournaments, from 2002 through 2014.

World Cup prize money comes from the earnings of the nonprofit Fédération Internationale de Football Association. FIFA’s revenue is generated by high bids for television, marketing, and licensing rights for major football events that FIFA organizes. FIFA does not incur expenses for the construction of World Cup infrastructure, as those fall on the host country.