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Women's Football Betting
In the 21st century, very few areas of football have grown to the extent of the women's game. In the modern-day, the women's game is nearing the popularity of the men's game around the world after a 360% increase in viewing figures in the UK, the next step is to turn the increase in viewership into an increase in attendance. One club have shown the potential of women's football is English fourth-tier team Newcastle United Women, who had their first outing at St James' Park in May. This match attracted 22,134 fans to watch a game against local team Alnwick Town. Meanwhile, In Barcelona, the women's team saw a record 91,648 spectators in March.
Newcastle's attendance was a one-off but was just an insight into what Women's football can achieve even at the lowest level. To compare, in the fourth tier of English men's football, the highest attendance of the season saw only 18,283 fans in attendance as Bradford City hosted Carlisle.
Betting on the WSL
The WSL is one of the biggest football leagues in the world across both men and women's football. Due to the sponsorship, it is currently known as the Barclays Women's Super League, which our bettors will remember was a former sponsorship of the English Premier League which was a major coup for the WSL. The competition is run by the F.A and currently features twelve fully professional teams; however, with the rate that Womens football teams are growing, it could rise up to an increased number of teams at any point which would further increase interest.
There are two leagues in the WSL, the top league, which is the Super League and the second division which is the Women's Championship, formerly known as the WSL 2.
In this division, the top three placed women's teams qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League with one team being relegated.
Betting on International Women's Football
Similarly to the mens game, Women's international football culminates at the World Cup. There have been eight renditions of the tournament and the United States have made the Semi-final in every competition and won on four occasions. The other nations to have won the World Cup are Germany (twice), Japan (once) and Norway (once). The next tournament in 2023, could Spain or England make their first final in history?
Another major tournament is the Women's European Championships, the 2022 edition of the tournament is the 13th in history. However, very few competitions have been dominated by one nation to the extent of the Women's European Championships after Germany won eight out of nine tournaments between 1989 and 2013, in 2017, they were eliminated by finalists Denmark who they actually share a group with in 2022. The team that finishes second in their group will also likely face England.
Bet on the Women's World Cup
Australia and New Zealand host the ninth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, starting in July 2023. For the first time, the senior World Cup has been held across multiple confederations with Australia sitting in the Asian confederation and New Zealand sitting in the Oceania confederation. The opening game of the competition is contested between New Zealand and Norway with the final taking place on August 20th 2023. The defending champions are the United States who will be looking to win the trophy for the third time in a row after success in 2015 and 2019. The holders come into the tournament off the back of nine wins in a row. However, defeats against England, Spain and Germany will sit in the mind of USA fans but just 1 defeat in their history against group stage opposition will leave them believing they'll have a good start as they look to replicate their performance in the previous World Cup. Football betting odds for the event indicate they'll do just that.
Women's World Cup Group Stage Betting
When you look at the groups at the Women's World Cup, there are a number of fantastic teams to look out for. The format for this is similar to the mens World Cup as eight groups of four teams with each group playing each other in a round-robin format with the top two teams advancing to the knockout stages.
Hosts New Zealand, Norway, Philippines and Switzerland make up group A with Norway the clear favourites for the group, despite sitting at 40/1 to win the entire tournament. Many expect hosts New Zealand to qualify in second, leading to Philippines and Switzerland dropping out in the group stage.
The other hosts Australia will place Republic of Ireland, Nigeria and Canada in group B. Nigeria are expected to lose to each team convincingly; however, the possibility for Republic of Ireland to cause Canada and Australia problems exists.
England sit in Group D against Haiti, Denmark and China but England are expected to dominate the group and the World Cup odds sit heavily in their favour to win every game. It would be a major surprise if England didn't end July as group winners.
Women's World Cup defending Champions USA have a good group with Vietnam, Netherlands and Portugal as their matches, making them a shoe-in to make the latter stages of the competition. In previous years, their only recent defeats before a tournament came against France, with the landscape of the Women's game changing, could somebody stop USA Women from making it three in a row?
Women's World Cup Knockout Round Betting
The betting odds for the Women's World Cup 2023 indicate that these will be the teams that progress in Australia and New Zealand in the summer.
If the betting odds are to be believed, this would lead to England Vs Canada and Germany Vs Brazil as the two biggest Round of 16 matches. Then if we took the betting odds into consideration once again, the quarter finals could look like:
- Japan Vs USA
- Spain Vs New Zealand
- Australia Vs France
- England Vs Germany
So, if the betting odds are to be believed, the World Cup 2023 will have one of the most exciting quarter finals of all-time with a rematch of the 2022 Women's European Championship final between England and Germany. The women's World Cup odds favour USA to win the tournament but with those eight teams in the quarters, it wouldn't surprise many if USA failed to go back to back to back and win three tournaments in a row.
Women's World Cup Golden Boot Betting
As it stands the Brazilian Marta sits at the top of the World Cup all time scorers list with 17 goals, a mightily impressive achievement for any tournament. However, with Aussie forward Sam Kerr playing in-front of her home country, Marta will have to perform well to reach the levels expected of Kerr this campaign. If you're looking to place a bet on the Golden Boot winner, it is worth looking at the two things, who is your expected World Cup winner? And, which nation has the easiest route out of the group stages, we have seen numerous times that the Golden Boot is won in the early stages of competitions and bets that focus on that tend to perform better.
Women's World Cup FAQs
Where will the 2023 Women's World Cup take place?
After winning the bidding process, outing Colombia by 22 votes to 13, Australia and New Zealand will host the tournament. This will be the first Women's World Cup hosted by two countries, following in the footsteps of South Korea and Japan for the 2002 Men's World Cup.
When is the opening game of the 2023 Women's World Cup?
The opening game will be played on July 20th 2023 between New Zealand and Norway, which should be an early decider into who wins Group A.
What timezones will the Women's World Cup be played in?
The timezones for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup are AEST and NZST. AEST is 10 hours ahead of GMT and NZST is 12 hours ahead.
This means that during the competitions some games will start as early as 5AM or as late as 1AM - making it incredibly difficult to watch these games in the United Kingdom.
Betting on National Women's football
In the UK, the Women's Super League is the most highly anticipated women's football tournament. Arsenal dominated the competition for the vast majority of 20 years with 14 titles and three runner-up medals during that time. However, in the modern-day, the domination of Arsenal has been stopped thanks to Emma Hayes and her Chelsea team. Manchester City are another team who have recently demonstrated its strength in the women's game. However, they suffered four runner-up positions in a row before the 2021/22 season when Arsenal overtook them and took Chelsea to the final game of the season. The league is extending constantly and with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur being joined by Liverpool, who knows what could happen. Another team to look out for is Newcastle United, currently in the fourth tier but after their extraordinary attendance, in May 2022, it is almost certain that they'll be looking to back the women's football team up the English league pyramid.
What can I bet on with Womens Football betting?
Betting markets for women's football are almost identical to that of the mens game. For example for the Women's Euros, you can bet on group winners, goalscorers, overall winners and more! Meanwhile, for the WSL, you may wish to look more in-depth at individual player markets. One of the big questions around the next season of the WSL is whether Vivianne Miedema or Beth Meed can catch Sam Kerr in the top scorer ranking. However, when talented goalscorers such as Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo are featuring for the Manchester-based clubs, we could soon see the most competitive women's football competition in the world.
Who are the best teams in the world?
Statistically, you can check out who are the best womens football teams in the world by viewing the UEFA Women's Champions League. For example, Arsenal had a large reign of dominance in the UK but only won the UEFA Champions League once. Meanwhile, Chelsea were the only other English team to make the final in 2021. Lyon have won the Champions League the most with a record eight victories, double the amount of any other nation. They have won six out of the last seven tournaments with 2021 being the only exception when they were beaten by fellow French team PSG in the Quarter-final.
Recent Women's Football History
|Year||Winner||Champions League||Relegated||Top Scorer|
|2021/22||Chelsea||Arsenal & Man City||Birmingham||Sam Kerr (20)|
|2020/21||Chelsea||Man City & Arsenal||Bristol City||Sam Kerr (21)|
|2019/20||Chelsea||Man City||Liverpool||Vivianne Miedema (16)|
|2018/19||Arsenal||Man City||Yeovil Town||Vivianne Miedema (22)|
|2017/18||Chelsea||Man City||Sunderland||Ellen White (15)|
|2021/22||Lyon||Barcelona||PSG & Wolfsburg|
|2020/21||Barcelona||Chelsea||PSG & Bayern Munich|
|2019/20||Lyon||Wolfsburg||PSG & Barcelona|
|2018/19||Lyon||Barcelona||Chelsea & Bayern Munich|
|2017/18||Lyon||Wolfsburg||Chelsea & Man City|
|2022||England||Germany||France & Sweden|
|2017||Netherlands||Denmark||Austria & England|
|2013||Germany||Norway||Denmark & Sweden|
|2009||Germany||England||Netherlands & Norway|
|2005||Germany||Norway||Finland & Sweden|
|2019||USA||Netherlands||Sweden & England|
|2015||USA||Japan||England & Germany|
|2011||Japan||USA||Sweden & France|
|2007||Germany||Brazil||USA & Norway|
|2003||Germany||Sweden||USA & Canada|
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