jul 19, 2021
jul 19, 2021

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Women's soccer tournament preview

Who are the favourites to win the Tokyo 2020 women's soccer tournament?

Tokyo 2020 Women's soccer: Which teams could cause an upset?

Tokyo 2020 Women's soccer preview and odds

Tokyo 2020 Women's soccer medal hopes

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Women's soccer tournament preview

A total of 12 countries will be battling it out for women’s soccer gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, including defending World Cup champions the US, hosts Japan, and several other talented teams. Who are the favourites to win the women’s soccer tournament at Tokyo 2020 and which teams could cause an upset? Läs vidare för att få reda på det.

Tokyo 2020 Women’s soccer tournament: Schedule

July 21 - July 27: Group stage

July 30: Quarter-finals

August 2: Semi-finals

August 5: Bronze medal match

August 6: Gold medal match

Tokyo 2020 Women’s soccer tournament: Groups

Grupp

Lag

Grupp E

Canada, Chile, Great Britain, Japan

Grupp F

Brazil, China, Netherlands, Zambia

Grupp G

Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, United States

The top two teams from each group and two best third-placed teams will progress to the quarter-finals. From that point, the tournament is a straight knockout bracket, with the two losing semi-finalists also playing a bronze medal match. Rio 2016 champions Germany failed to qualify, meaning they cannot defend their title.

Tokyo 2020 Women’s soccer tournament: Who are the favourites?

Lag

Odds

USA

1.671*

Great Britain

6.600*

Brasilien

9,000*

Japan

12.760*

Sverige

15.410*

Kanada

17.600*

The Olympics women’s soccer tournament has been dominated by the United States since it was added to the Games in 1996. The US have claimed four golds and a silver medal from their six participations to date, reaching the final on every occasion with the exception of Rio 2016.

True to form, the current world number one and World Cup holders lead the betting market as favourites to win gold at 1.671* and manager Vlatko Andonovski’s squad for Tokyo features some of the biggest names in women’s soccer.

Brazil coach Pia Sundhage will be looking for her third gold medal in this event as a manager.

These include striker Carli Lloyd, who will be presumably competing in her final Olympic tournament at the age of 39, and her striking partner Alex Morgan, who has now racked up a formidable 110 goals in 180 appearances for her country. Other key figures in the team are striker Megan Rapinoe, defender and captain Becky Sauerbrunn, and midfielder Julie Ertz.

The betting market indicates that Great Britain (6.600*) are the US team's most palpable threat to the gold medal. Their team will be led by England coach Hege Riise, who has been able to select players from England, Scotland, and Wales for the tournament. This will actually be only the second time that Team GB will have competed in the Olympics women’s soccer event and they were eliminated in the quarter-finals in their one and only previous appearance at London 2012.

Despite this, they can call upon a squad containing plenty of prowess and talent and including several players who reached the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup with England. Co-captain and Manchester City star Steph Houghton will marshal the defence, while Kim Little and Jill Scott offer experienced options in midfield.

Their most notable attacking outlet is Fran Kirby, who enters the tournament following a fantastic individual campaign during which she netted 25 goals in all competitions and was awarded with both the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards.

Brazil (9.000*) are coached by Pia Sundhage, who led the US to gold in this event at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She has enjoyed an encouraging start as Brazil manager, with the current Copa America Femenina champions losing just two of their opening 18 matches under her reign.

The Selecao are expected to qualify from what has broadly been deemed an unchallenging group comprised of China, the Netherlands, and Zambia. With talents including six-time World Player of the Year Marta and her midfield compatriot Debinha at their disposal, they will likely fancy their chances against most other teams at the tournament.

Tokyo 2020 Women’s soccer tournament: Notable outsiders

Japan (12.760*) will presumably be eyeing up a medal on home soil and as their odds suggest, they have reasons to feel confident about achieving the feat. While their showings at the 2019 World Cup and 2020 SheBelieves Cup were branded disappointing, they have thus far turned in imperious form in 2021, winning all five of their matches while scoring 28 goals in the process.

These victories included a 5-1 thrashing of Mexico and an impressive 1-0 win over fellow Olympics outfit Australia. Arsenal’s Mana Iwabuchi will be leading the attack for the hosts and after netting six goals in her last five international appearances, she could help ensure that Japan are serious contenders in the tournament.

Sweden (15.410*) were beaten finalists at Rio 2016 and also reached the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup. Their squad is certainly down the more experienced end of the spectrum, with players including 215-cap Caroline Seger, a mainstay of her national team since 2005. She is accompanied in midfield by 148-cap Kosovare Asllani, who has turned in stints at PSG, Manchester City, and Real Madrid at club level.

Sweden are revered as a defensively disciplined side who are difficult to play against and conceded just four goals in their last eight fixtures. More notably, they were denied a friendly victory against the US by a late penalty in April, highlighting their ability to compete with the tournament’s stronger outfits.

Canada (17.600*) won bronze in this event at both London 2012 and Rio 2016, although their chances of upgrading their medal in Tokyo were somewhat dampened when they were drawn in a difficult group featuring Great Britain and Japan.

Their squad is scattered with young stars, including PSG forward Jordyn Huitema, who has netted 13 goals for her country at the age of just 20, and 22-year-old striker Deanne Rose, who already has 55 caps to her name. While Canada may be more acutely geared towards future success, a run to the latter stages of the tournament is by no means out of reach should they manage to progress from their group.

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