International Women’s Football Month

Though FIFA didn’t make any official declarations, COVID-19 delays and a winter World Cup have combined to create a remarkable window of women’s international football this month. While the European Championship is clearly the top event, North and South America as well as Africa are also hosting international tournaments that will determine the participants in the 2023 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand (the Women’s Asian Cup was played at the beginning of the year to determine AFC World Cup qualification).

Overall, July will feature 100 women’s international tournament games, including six consolation matches (with World Cup qualification implications). There are only three days in the month without women’s international football, and four days (the 8th, 11th, 14th, and 18th) will feature eight different games. While no one would pretend that all of these games are important, it remains a remarkable testament to the growth of the women’s game.

EDIT: Including the OFC Women’s Nation Cup, July features 117 games including seven consolation matches. There are only two days without football (the 1st and the 28th), the 17th is added to the list of 8-game days, and the 18th becomes a 10-game day (note that because of the placement of Oceana in relation to the international date line, games listed as taking place at 11:00 PM CDT are actually being played at the beginning of the following day, internationally speaking; and are counted as such).

Having said that, a 9-team tournament which plays nine games to eliminate ONE team, where only the winner will earn a spot NOT in the World Cup (co-hosts New Zealand having taken that place) but only in February’s Inter-Confederation Playoffs, where only two of of the contesting nations are ranked in the top 90 (FIFA or ELO–in comparison to 6-7 of the twelve WAfCoN competitors and all but one of the eighteen Copa América Femenina and W Championship sides), and where only three nations have a larger population than Montenegro; such an event might reasonably be characterized as a developmental tournament masquerading as international competition.

Kudos to the OFC, however, for making live streams and full match replays of all games readily available on their website, and also for making highlights available. That makes it pretty easy for you to judge for yourself, if you’d like. I’ve included links to the highlights in the fixture list below.

Here’s a complete fixture list, with highlights for completed games and US TV/streaming info for upcoming ones. All times are CDT, so recalculate if you’re on the coasts.

2nd3:30 PMMorocco 3 – Burkina Faso 0WAfCoN, Group A
3rd10:00 AMSenegal 1 – Uganda 0WAfCoN, Group A
 12:00 PMCameroon 0 – Zambia 0WAfCoN, Group B
 3:00 PMTunisia 4 – Togo 1WAfCoN, Group B
4th12:00 PMNigeria 1 – South Africa 2WAfCoN, Group C
 3:00 PMBurundi 2 – Botswana 4WAfCoN, Group C
 6:00 PMUnited States 3 – Haiti 0W Champ, Group A
 9:00 PMMexico 0 – Jamaica 1W Champ, Group A
5th12:00 PM Burkina Faso 0 – Senegal 1WAfCoN, Group A
 3:00 PMUganda 1 – Morocco 3WAfCoN, Group A
 6:00 PMCosta Rica 3 – Panama 0W Champ, Group B
 9:00 PMCanada 6 – Trinidad & Tobago 0W Champ, Group B
6th12:00 PM Zambia 1 – Tunisia 0WAfCoN, Group B
 2:00 PMEngland 1 – Austria 0Euros, Group A
 3:00 PMTogo 1 – Cameroon 1WAfCoN, Group B
7th12:00 PM South Africa 3 – Burundi 1WAfCoN, Group C
 2:00 PMNorway 4 – Northern Ireland 1Euros, Group A
 3:00 PMBotswana 0 – Nigeria 2WAfCoN, Group C
 6:00 PMJamaica 0 – United States 5W Champ, Group A
 9:00 PMHaiti 3 – Mexico 0W Champ, Group A
8th11:00 AMSpain 4 – Finland 1Euros, Group B
 2:00 PMGermany 4 – Denmark 0Euros, Group B
 3:00 PMMorocco 1 – Senegal 0WAfCoN, Group A
  Burkina Faso 2 – Uganda 2WAfCoN, Group A
 4:00 PMBolivia 1 – Ecuador 6Copa Fem, Group A
 6:00 PMTrinidad & Tobago 0 – Costa Rica 4W Champ, Group B
 7:00 PMColombia 4 – Paraguay 2Copa Fem, Group A
 9:00 PMPanama 0 – Canada 1W Champ, Group B
9th11:00 AMPortugal 2 – Switzerland 2Euros, Group C
 2:00 PMNetherlands 1 – Sweden 1Euros, Group C
 3:00 PMCameroon 2 – Tunisia 0WAfCoN, Group B
  Zambia 4 – Togo 1WAfCoN, Group B
 4:00 PMUruguay 0 – Venezuela 1Copa Fem, Group B
 7:00 PMBrazil 4 – Argentina 0Copa Fem, Group B
10th11:00 AMBelgium 1 – Iceland 1Euros, Group D
 2:00 PMFrance 5 – Italy 1Euros, Group D
3:00 PMNigeria 4 – Burundi 0WAfCoN, Group C
 South Africa 1 – Botswana 0WAfCoN, Group C
11th11:00 AMAustria 2 – Northern Ireland 0Euros, Group A
 2:00 PMEngland 8 – Norway 0Euros, Group A
 4:00 PMParaguay 3 – Chile 2Copa Fem, Group A
 6:00 PMCanada 2 – Costa Rica 0W Champ, Group A
  Panama 1 – Trinidad & Tobago 0W Champ, Group A
 7:00 PMBolivia 0 – Colombia 3Copa Fem, Group A
 9:00 PMJamaica 4 – Haiti 0W Champ, Group B
  United States 1 – Mexico 0W Champ, Group B
12th11:00 AMDenmark 1 – Finland 0Euros, Group B
 2:00 PMGermany 2 – Spain 0Euros, Group B
 4:00 PMUruguay 0 – Brazil 3Copa Fem, Group B
 7:00 PMArgentina 4 – Peru 0Copa Fem, Group B
13th2:00 AMSamoa 2 – Tonga 0OFC WNC, Group A
11:00 AMSweden 2 – Switzerland 1Euros, Group C
 12:00 PM Zambia 1 [4] – Senegal 1 [2]WAfCoN, Quarter 1
 2:00 PMNetherlands 3 – Portugal 2Euros, Group C
 3:00 PMMorocco 2 – Botswana 1WAfCoN, Quarter 2
11:00 PMVanuatu 1 – Papua New Guinea 3OFC WNC, Group B
14th2:00 AMSolomon Islands 1 – Fiji 1OFC WNC, Group C
11:00 AMItaly 1 – Iceland 1Euros, Group D
 12:00 PM Cameroon 0 – Nigeria 1WAfCoN, Quarter 3
 2:00 PMFrance 2 – Belgium 1Euros, Group D
 3:00 PMSouth Africa 1 – Tunisia 0WAfCoN, Quarter 4
 4:00 PMParaguay 2 – Bolivia 0Copa Fem, Group A
 6:00 PMUnited States 3 – Costa Rica 0W Champ, Semi 1
 7:00 PMChile 2 – Ecuador 1Copa Fem, Group A
 9:00 PMCanada 3 – Jamaica 0W Champ, Semi 2
15th2:00 PMNorthern Ireland 0 – England 5Euros, Group A
  Austria 1 – Norway 0Euros, Group A
 4:00 PMArgentina 5 – Uruguay 0Copa Fem, Group B
 7:00 PMPeru 0 – Venezuela 2Copa Fem, Group B
16th2:00 AMTonga 1 – Cook Islands 1OFC WNC, Group A
2:00 PMFinland 0 – Germany 3Euros, Group B
  Denmark 0 – Spain 1Euros, Group B
11:00 PMPapua New Guinea 2 – Tahiti 1OFC WNC, Group B
17th2:00 AMFiji 3 – New Caledonia 1OFC WNC, Group C
11:00 AMSwitzerland 1 – Netherlands 4Euros, Group C
  Sweden 5 – Portugal 0Euros, Group C
 12:00 PMSenegal 0 [4] – Tunisia 0 [2]WAfCoN, WC ICC PO
 2:00 PMBotswana 0 – Cameroon 1WAfCoN, WC ICC PO
 4:00 PMChile 5 – Bolivia 0Copa Fem, Group A
 7:00 PMEcuador 1 – Colombia 2Copa Fem, Group A
18th12:00 PMZambia 0 – South Africa 1WAfCoN, Semi 1
 2:00 PMIceland 1 – France 1Euros, Group D
  Italy 0 – Belgium 1Euros, Group D
 3:00 PMMorocco 1 [5] – Nigeria 1 [4]WAfCoN, Semi 2
 4:00 PMVenezuela 0 – Brazil 4Copa Fem, Group B
 6:00 PMCosta Rica 0 – Jamaica 1W Champ, 3rd Place
 7:00 PMPeru 0 – Uruguay 6Copa Fem, Group B
 9:00 PMUnited States 1 – Canada 0W Champ, Final
19th2:00 AMCook Islands 0 – Samoa 1OFC WNC, Group A
11:00 PMTahiti 0 – Vanuatu 0OFC WNC, Group B
20th2:00 AMNew Caledonia 2 – Solomon Islands 2OFC WNC, Group C
2:00 PMEngland 2 – Spain 0Euros, Quarter 1
 7:00 PMColombia 4 – Chile 0Copa Fem, Group A
  Ecuador 1 – Paraguay 2Copa Fem, Group A
21st2:00 PMGermany 2 – Austria 0Euros, Quarter 2
 7:00 PMBrazil 6 – Peru 0Copa Fem, Group B
  Venezuela 0 – Argentina 1Copa Fem, Group B
22nd2:00 PMSweden 1 – Belgium 0Euros, Quarter 3
 3:00 PMNigeria 0 – Zambia 1WAfCoN, 3rd Place
11:00 PMSamoa 4 – New Caledonia 2OFC WNC, Quarter 1
23rd2:30 AMPapua New Guinea 3 [3] – Tonga 3 [2]OFC WNC, Quarter 2
2:00 PMFrance 1 – Netherlands 0Euros, Quarter 4
 3:00 PMMorocco 1 – South Africa 2WAfCoN, Final
11:00 PMFiji 2 – Cook Islands 0OFC WNC, Quarter 3
24th2:30 AMTahiti 0 – Solomon Islands 1OFC WNC, Quarter 4
7:00 PMChile 1 [4] – Venezuela 1 [2]Copa Fem, 5th Place
25th7:00 PMColombia 1 – Argentina 0Copa Fem, Semi 1
26th2:00 PMSweden 0 – England 4Euros, Semi 1
 7:00 PMBrazil 2 – Paraguay 0Copa Fem, Semi 2
11:00 PMSamoa 0 – Papua New Guinea 3OFC WNC, Semi 1
27th2: 30 AMFiji 3 – Solomon Islands 1OFC WNC, Semi 2
2:00 PMFrance 1 – Germany 2Euros, Semi 2
29th7:00 PMArgentina 3 – Paraguay 1Copa Fem, 3rd Place
11:00 PMSamoa 1 [5] – Solomon Islands 1 [6]OFC WNC, 3rd Place
30th2:30 AMPapua New Guinea 2 – Fiji 1OFC WNC, Final
7:00 PMColombia 0 – Brazil 1Copa Fem, Final
31st11:00 AMEngland 2 – Germany 1Euros, Final

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