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Women's World Cup 2015

Although much attention continues to focus on the ever-increasing revelations from FIFA headquarters, the biggest event in women’s soccer is set to get underway in Canada on Saturday. The 2015 Women’s World Cup begins with Japan looking to defend the trophy it surprised many to win in Germany four years ago, while the United States, agonizingly beaten in the final on penalties, is determined to win a first World Cup since 1999.

But there are other contenders, too, including the team currently leading the FIFA rankings, Germany, as well as an impressive France side. And then there are the hosts Canada, winners of the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, as well as Brazil, still led by five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta and trying to deliver a first World Cup triumph.

It is perhaps the most open Women’s World Cup yet, a testament to the growth of the game across the world. The tournament will also be the biggest in history, with the sixth edition of the tournament including a record 24 teams -- double the number that competed in its first two editions. That number does mean that there will be room for error in the group stage, with only eight teams being eliminated before the knockout rounds get underway.

Yet the draw has thrown up some tough sections and there will still be plenty of jockeying to ensure a kinder opponent in the next round. The draw has been particularly tough to the U.S., which has to face the dangerous fifth-ranked team Sweden, as well as Australia and the top-ranked African nation, Nigeria. The U.S. will also have to manage an injury problem for star forward Alex Morgan, but the 2012 Olympic gold medalists remain undeterred.

“We’re technically in the group of death right,” forward Sydney Leroux said after the U.S. played South Korea to a draw in a warm-up match in New Jersey on Saturday. “For us we’re going to have to play hard teams no matter what so whether or not we have to beat them in the group stage or further down the line we’re still going to have to play these hard teams. We’re obviously going to go in there with the mindset of we can’t afford to lose, obviously. We’re in the World Cup.”

The four teams in Group A may feel they also have a right to claim the title of group of death. With hosts Canada, China, New Zealand and the Netherlands facing off, each team will feel that they can progress from what on paper is an evenly matched section.

The format of the competition means the top two teams in each group will go through to the Round of 16, along with the four best third-placed finishers. Those 16 will then compete in a knockout format, aiming to reach the final in Vancouver on July 5.

Below is a rundown of each of the groups along with a full TV schedule. All matches will be available to stream through Fox Sports Go and NBC Deportes’ En Vivo Extra App.

Groups

Group A: Canada, China, New Zealand, Netherlands

Group B: Germany, Ivory Coast, Norway, Thailand

Group C: Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon, Ecuador

Group D: USA, Australia, Sweden, Nigeria

Group E: Brazil, South Korea, Spain, Costa Rica

Group F: France, England, Colombia, Mexico

 

Group Stage

Saturday, June 6

Group A: Canada vs. China in Edmonton, 6 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo)

Group A: New Zealand vs. Netherlands in Edmonton, 9 p.m. (Fox Sports 2)

Sunday, June 7

Group B: Norway vs. Thailand in Ottawa, 1 p.m. (Fox)

Group B: Germany vs. Ivory Coast in Ottawa, 4 p.m. (Fox, NBC Universo)

Monday, June 8

Group D: Sweden vs. Nigeria in Winnipeg, 4 p.m. (Fox)

Group C: Cameroon vs. Ecuador in Vancouver, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 2)

Group D: United States vs. Australia in Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo)

Group C: Japan vs. Switzerland in Vancouver, 10 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Tuesday, June 9

Group F: France vs. England in Moncton, 1 p.m. (Fox)

Group E: Spain vs. Costa Rica in Montreal, 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo)

Group F: Colombia vs. Mexico in Moncton, 4 p.m. (Fox, Telemundo)

Group E: Brazil vs. South Korea in Montreal, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo)

Thursday, June 11

Group B: Germany vs. Norway in Ottawa, 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo)

Group A: China vs. Netherlands in Edmonton, 6 p.m. (Fox Sports 2)

Group B: Ivory Coast vs. Thailand in Ottawa, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Group A: Canada vs. New Zealand in Edmonton, 9 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Friday, June 12

Group D: Australia vs. Nigeria in Winnipeg, 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Group C: Switzerland vs. Ecuador in Vancouver, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Group D: United States vs. Sweden in Winnipeg, 8 p.m. (Fox, NBC Universo)

Group C: Japan vs. Cameroon in Vancouver, 10 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Saturday, June 13

Group F: France vs. Colombia in Moncton, 1 p.m. (Fox, Telemundo)

Group E: Brazil vs. Spain in Montreal, 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo)

Group F: England vs. Mexico in Moncton, 4 p.m. (Fox, Telemundo)

Group E: South Korea vs. Costa Rica in Montreal, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 2)

Monday, June 15

Group B:  Germany vs. Thailand in Winnipeg, 4 p.m. (Fox)

Group B: Ivory Coast vs. Norway in Moncton, 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Group A: Canada vs. Netherlands in Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo)

Group A: China vs. New Zealand in Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 2)

Tuesday, June 16

Group C: Japan vs. Ecuador in Winnipeg, 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo)

Group C: Switzerland vs. Cameroon in Edmonton, 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 2)

Group D: United States vs. Nigeria in Vancouver, 8 p.m. (Fox, NBC Universo)

Group D: Australia vs. Sweden in Edmonton, 8 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Wednesday, June 17

Group F: France vs. Mexico in Ottawa, 4 p.m. (Fox, Telemundo)

Group F: England vs. Colombia in Montreal, 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Group E: Brazil vs. Costa Rica in Moncton, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo)

Group E: South Korea vs. Spain in Ottawa, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 2)

Round of 16

Saturday, June 20

Match 39: 1B vs. 3A, 3C or 3D in Ottawa, 4 p.m.  (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Match 37: 2A vs. 2C in Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Sunday, June 21

Match 41: 1E vs. 2D in Moncton, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Match 40: 1F vs. 2E in Montreal, 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Match 44: 1A vs. 3C, 3D or 3E in Vancouver, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Monday, June 22

Match 43: 2F vs. 2B in Ottawa, 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Match 38: 1D vs. 3B, 3E or 3F in Edmonton, 8 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Tuesday, June 23

Match 42: 1C vs. 3A, 3B or 3F in Vancouver, 10 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Quaterfinals

Friday, June 26

Match 46: winner of Match 39 vs. winner of  Match 40 in Montreal, 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Match 45: winner of Match 37 vs. winner of Match 38 in Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. (Fox, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Saturday, June 27

Match 47: winner of Match 41 vs. winner of Match 42 in Edmonton, 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Match 48: winner of Match 43 vs. winner of Match 44 in Vancouver, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Semifinals

Tuesday, June 30

Match 49: winner of Match 45 vs. winner of Match 46 in Montreal, 7 p.m. (Fox, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Wednesday, July 1

Match 50: winner of Match 47 vs. winner of Match 48 in Edmonton, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, Telemundo/NBC Universo)

Third-Placed Game

Saturday, July 4

Match 51: loser of Match 49 vs. loser of Match 50 in Edmonton, 4 p.m. (Fox, NBC Universo)

Final

Sunday, July 5

Match 52: winner of Match 49 vs. Winner of Match 50 in Vancouver, 7 p.m. (Fox, Telemundo)

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