Thirty-two teams will compete over the next month in over matches across 10 venues in Australia and New Zealand, two very different countries when it come60s to football. While Australia has had more international success with the sport, New Zealand is known more as a rugby nation and until Thursday had never won a game in the World Cup — men's or women.
The U.S. Women's National Team is ranked No. 1 and arrives at this year as the tournament's two-time defending champion, favored to win again. The U.S. has nine players returning this year who were also on the 2019 champion team, including Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz. The Americans' first game is this weekend in New Zealand against Vietnam, with the U.S. seen as a heavy favorite. –