Jakarta: The 2023 Women's World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20. Which country will emerge as the champion?

Going by history, the US Women's National Team is the strongest candidate for the 2023 World Cup, considering they have won the title 4 times.

However, the 2023 Women's World Cup will be more difficult considering that FIFA has made a new change, increasing the number of participating teams from the previous 24 to 32.
Now, the US women's national team doesn't just have competition from traditional teams like Germany, Japan and Brazil. A number of first teams such as Vietnam, Philippines, Republic of Ireland and Portugal also have the potential to be competitive.

To find out more about which teams or countries have a chance to become champions, we have listed below the top 10 nations that are favorites to win the 2023 Women's World Cup.

5. England

The England women's national team qualified for the 2023 World Cup after winning the Women's Euro 2022 last summer. England beat Germany 2-1 (1-1) in extra time to beat favourites.

But the squad for Australia and New Zealand will be very different from the one that won Euro 2022. Euro 2022 top scorer Baz Mead will be absent due to an ACL injury. Along with Leah Williamson (ACL), Fran Kirby (knee injury) and Ellen White decided to retire. This means coach Sarine Wigman will not be able to rely on four of his top picks for England to win Euro 2022.

However, the England Women's National Team is believed to be one of the favorites for the 2023 World Cup as they still have plenty of quality players. One of them, Arsenal women's striker Alessia Russo, is scoring four goals in the Women's Euro 2022.

4. Sweden

Sweden is one of the traditional powers of women's international football and has consistently performed well in competitions, reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup, European Championships and Olympics.

Sweden has also played in the Women's World Cup final (2003) and finished third on three separate occasions (1991, 2011 and 2019). However, after the 1984 Euro tournament, they failed to emerge as champions.

The 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand has been said to be "now or never" for players currently in the national team. The reason is that their average age is in their late 20s or early 30s, making it difficult for Sweden to shine at the next Women's World Cup.

Yes, Sweden's star players such as team captain Caroline Seger (38 years old) as well as attacking duo Kosovare Aslani and Sofia Jakobsson, both 33 years old, are predicted to struggle to show their best performance in the next few years. Therefore, it is the right time for Sweden to record achievements.

3. Australia

The Australian women's national team is among the favorites to win, partly because of their status as hosts. Of course, they get a lot of support from their fans.

However, that's not the only reason Australia are favorites to win. Overall, Australia's performance on the world stage is also very convincing. Australia has successfully reached the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup for four consecutive editions (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015). And they recently became the fourth champion at the 2020 Japan Olympics.

Australia also has world-class players in striker Sam Kerr (Chelsea), full-back Ellie Carpenter (Olympic Lyon) and winger Caitlin Foord, who plays for Arsenal.

2. Germany

The German women's national team is the ruler of women's football in Europe. In the year They won six Euro titles between 1995 and 2013, not including their feat of winning back-to-back Women's World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007.

Germany seems to have no shortage of female soccer talent. After the era of Birgit Prinz and Dzsenifer Marozsan, who decided to retire last March at the age of 31, Germany still have plenty of players to rely on.

In the 2023 Women's World Cup, veteran player Alexandra Pope (32) has scored 30 goals in 46 games, helping young star Leah Schuler (25). Apart from this, the presence of Lina Oberdorf (21) and Juul Brand (20) in the main team is a guarantee of continued renewal in the German team.

With a balanced lineup, Germany under coach Martina Voss-Tecklenberg will be looking to get closer to the USA to collect the Women's World Cup trophy.

1. United States

As champions in the last two editions and ranked first in the FIFA rankings, the United States Women's National Team will be the team to win the 2023 Women's World Cup, with Alex Morgan and others aiming for a hat trick.

The United States Women's National Team deserves to be the top favorite for the 2023 World Cup as it is still bolstered by experienced players like Kelly O'Hara (age 34), Megan Rapinoe (age 38) and forward Alex Morgan (). 34) again performed well and finished second in the vote for the 2022 FIFA Women's Player of the Year (lost to Alexia Putlas/Spain).

For both O'Hara, Rapion and Morgan, the 2023 World Cup will be their last stage. Therefore, it is believed that they will use all their capabilities and close their international business with a bang.

In addition to experienced players, the American team this time features a number of new talents such as Sophia Smith (22 years old), Trinity Rodman (21 years old) and Alyssa Thompson who is only 18 years old and ready to work. She was the first and showed her quality.

The United States Women's National Team will head into the 2023 World Cup with confidence as they have won 21 of their 24 games. Including teams like Canada (2-0), Japan (1-0) and Brazil (2-1) who have the potential to be obstacles to the 2023 Women's World Cup.

Can the United States Women's National Team win a hat trick and win a fifth title at the Women's World Cup? Or is there really a new champion at the 2023 Women's World Cup? Let's wait.

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