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World Cup 2023: Full schedule, bracket, format, tiebreakers

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The 2023 Women’s World Cup is underway in Australia and New Zealand.

The knockout stage kicks off Saturday. The U.S. women’s national team, which is looking to defend its 2015 and 2019 titles, faces world No. 3 Sweden at 5 a.m. ET Sunday in the Round of 16.

What is the World Cup format?

The 32 teams are split into eight groups of four countries each. The two highest-finishing teams from each group will advance to a 16-team bracket for the knockout rounds.

What is the complete World Cup schedule?

New Zealand and Australia kicked off the tournament as hosts on July 20. All times listed below are in Eastern Time.

Group A: New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Switzerland

  • Thursday, July 20
    • New Zealand 1, Norway 0
  • Friday, July 21
    • Switzerland 2, Philippines 0
  • Tuesday, July 25
    • Philippines 1, New Zealand 0
    • Switzerland 0, Norway 0
  • Sunday, July 30
    • Switzerland 0, New Zealand 0
    • Norway 6, Philippines 0
  • Group winner: Switzerland
  • Group runner-up: Norway
  • Eliminated: New Zealand, Philippines

Group B: Australia, Ireland, Nigeria, Canada

  • Thursday, July 20
    • Australia 1, Ireland 0
    • Canada 0, Nigeria 0
  • Wednesday, July 26
    • Canada 2, Ireland 1
  • Thursday, July 27
    • Nigeria 3, Australia 2
  • Monday, July 31
    • Australia 3, Canada 0
    • Nigeria 0, Ireland 0
  • Group winner: Australia
  • Group runner-up: Nigeria
  • Eliminated: Canada, Ireland

Group C: Spain, Costa Rica, Zambia, Japan

  • Friday, July 21
    • Spain 3, Costa Rica 0
  • Saturday, July 22
    • Japan 5, Zambia 0
  • Wednesday, July 26
    • Japan 2, Costa Rica 0
    • Spain 5, Zambia 0
  • Monday, July 31
    • Japan 4, Spain 0
    • Zambia 3, Costa Rica 1
  • Group winner: Japan
  • Group runner-up: Spain
  • Eliminated: Zambia, Costa Rica

Group D: England, Denmark, China, Haiti

  • Saturday, July 22
    • England 1, Haiti 0
    • Denmark 1, China 0
  • Friday, July 28
    • England 1, Denmark 0
    • China 1, Haiti 0
  • Tuesday, Aug. 1
    • England 6, China 1
    • Denmark 2, Haiti 0
  • Group winner: England
  • Group runner-up: Denmark
  • Eliminated: China, Haiti

Group E: United States, Netherlands, Portugal, Vietnam

  • Friday, July 21
    • United States 3, Vietnam 0
  • Sunday, July 23
    • Netherlands 1, Portugal 0
  • Wednesday, July 26
    • United States 1, Netherlands 1
  • Thursday, July 27
    • Portugal 2, Vietnam 0
  • Tuesday, Aug. 1
    • United States 0, Portugal 0
    • Netherlands 7, Vietnam 0
  • Group winner: Netherlands
  • Group runner-up: United States
  • Eliminated: Portugal, Vietnam

Group F: France, Jamaica, Brazil, Panama

  • Sunday, July 23
    • France 0, Jamaica 0
  • Monday, July 24
    • Brazil 4, Panama 0
  • Saturday, July 29
    • France 2, Brazil 1
    • Jamaica 1, Panama 0
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2
    • France 6, Panama 3
    • Jamaica 0, Brazil 0
  • Group winner: France
  • Group runner-up: Jamaica
  • Eliminated: Brazil, Panama

Group G: Sweden, South Africa, Italy, Argentina

  • Sunday, July 23
    • Sweden 2, South Africa 1
  • Monday, July 24
    • Italy 1, Argentina 0
  • Thursday, July 27
    • Argentina 2, South Africa 2
  • Saturday, July 29
    • Sweden 5, Italy 0
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2
    • Sweden 2, Argentina 0
    • South Africa 3, Italy 2
  • Group winner: Sweden
  • Group runner-up: South Africa
  • Eliminated: Italy, Argentina

Group H: Germany, Morocco, Colombia, South Korea

  • Monday, July 24
    • Germany 6, Morocco 0
    • Colombia 2, South Korea 0
  • Sunday, July 30
    • Morocco 1, South Korea 0
    • Colombia 2, Germany 1
  • Thursday, Aug. 3
    • South Korea 1, Germany 1
    • Morocco 1, Colombia 0
  • Group winner: Colombia
  • Group runner-up: Morocco
  • Eliminated: Germany, South Korea

Round of 16

  • Saturday, Aug. 5
    • 1 a.m. — Switzerland vs. Spain
    • 4 a.m. — Japan vs. Norway
    • 10 p.m. — Netherlands vs. South Africa
  • Sunday, Aug. 6
    • 5 a.m. — Sweden vs. United States
  • Monday, Aug. 7
    • 3:30 a.m. — England vs. Nigeria
    • 6:30 a.m. — Australia vs. Denmark
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8
    • 4 a.m. — Colombia vs. Jamaica
    • 7 a.m. — France vs. Morocco


  • Thursday, Aug. 10
    • 9 p.m. — Round of 16 winners
  • Friday, Aug. 11
    • 3:30 a.m — Round of 16 winners
  • Saturday, Aug. 12
    • 3 a.m. — Round of 16 winners
    • 6:30 a.m. — Round of 16 winners


  • Tuesday, Aug. 15
    • 4 a.m. — Quarterfinal winners
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16
    • 6 a.m. — Quarterfinal winners

Third-place match

  • Saturday, Aug. 19
    • 4 a.m. — Semifinal losers

Championship match

  • Sunday, Aug. 20
    • 6 a.m. — Semifinal winners

What are the tie-breaking procedures?

What happens in the event of a draw in a match?

Teams can draw in the group stage, with each team taking a singular point from the game in the event of a tie after 90 minutes.

During the knockout rounds, a 30-minute extra period will be added, split into two 15-minute halves. If, after the extra period, the teams are still tied, the match will be decided via penalty shootout.

A coin toss will determine which team takes the first penalty, which each team taking five shots each. Each penalty shot must be taken by a different player. Once each team has taken its five penalty shots, the team in the lead will win the match. If the same amount of penalties have been scored by either side, the shootout will continue in a sudden-death format.

What happens if there is a tie in points in the group stage?

If two or more teams are tied on points in their group at the end of the three games, the team with the greatest goal differential (goals scored minus goals conceded) will finish higher. If the teams are still tied, then the team with the most goals will finish higher.

If the above qualifiers don’t break the tie, then the teams’ head-to-head record will be the deciding factor.

If two teams have the same amount of points and tied in their match against each other, fair play will be the deciding factor. Fair play is determined by how many cards the teams have been shown during the group stage, using the following point values:

  • Yellow card: -1 point
  • Indirect red card (two yellow cards): -3 points
  • Direct red card: -4 points
  • Yellow card then direct red card: -5 points

Cameron Brink likes Caitlin Clark for 2024 WNBA Rookie of the Year

Cameron Brink poses with Caitlin Clark at 2024 wnba draft in new york
Cameron Brink poses with fellow draftee — and possible WNBA ROY —Caitlin Clark. (Photo by Emily Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

Cameron Brink already has her rookie of the year pick for the upcoming WNBA season, and it’s Indiana-bound star Caitlin Clark

In the latest edition of Kelley on the Street, host Kelley O'Hara caught up with Brink in New York hours before the Stanford phenom went No. 2 overall to the Los Angeles Sparks at the 2024 WNBA Draft. When O’Hara asked who would win the WNBA's rookie of the year, she answered without pause.

"Caitlin Clark," she said, while a fan commented that she thought Brink would take home the award. Brink later added that the extra foul granted to WNBA players will be "good for me."

"I hope it’s me," Charisma Osborne, who was later drafted by the Phoenix Mercury, said when asked her ROY prediction. "But, I don’t know — we’ll see."

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Dash winger Maria Sanchez confirms trade request a day shy of NWSL deadline

María Sanchez of Houston Dash during a NWSL game
In December, Sanchez signed a new three-year contract with the club worth $1.5 million including bonuses and an option year. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)

Maria Sanchez issued a statement on Thursday, confirming recent reports that she has requested a trade from the Houston Dash. 

In it, she revealed that the club has been aware of the request "since late March."

"This has all taken a toll and isn’t an easy thing to talk about, but I want to confirm that I’ve requested an immediate trade," she wrote. "My expectations and reasons have been clear. I trust that my current club’s management will honor my decision in a timely manner and proceed with accepting a trade."

"I’m eager to refocus and dive back into what I love most: playing football," she concluded.

Reports of Sanchez's trade request first surfaced on ESPN last week, and were later confirmed by multiple sources. 

In December of last year, Sanchez signed a three-year contract with the Dash valued at $1.5 million including bonuses and an option year. It was the largest contract in NWSL history at the time — a figure that would be eclipsed by multiple contracts in the following months. 

Sanchez spent the offseason as a restricted free agent, meaning that Houston could match any other team's offer to retain her rights. Should the Dash trade Sanchez, her current contract terms would remain intact, limiting potential buyers to teams able to afford to take on an inking of that size.

The Dash has yet to address the trade, instead reiterating to ESPN that Sanchez is "under contract, a choice she made in free agency at the end of 2023." 

Both the NWSL trade window and transfer window close tonight, April 19th, at 12 a.m. ET. The window will stay closed through the next 11 regular season games, reopening on August 1st, 2024.

Seattle Storm debut state-of-the-art $64 million practice facility

Jewell Loyd #24 of the Seattle Storm during warms up during practice on July 11, 2020 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
Jewell Loyd, seen here practicing at Florida's IMG Academy, and her team are in for a major upgrade this season. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

The four-time league champion Seattle Storm unveiled their new practice facility on Thursday, with Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel dubbing Interbay's Seattle Storm Center for Basketball Performance the team’s "new home."

"It's just such a special space," Brummel told Fox 13 Seattle. "I think when the players get here, it's gonna be overwhelming."

The sprawling 50,000-square-foot, $64 million property is just the second designated practice facility to be designed and built expressly for a WNBA team, with the Storm further noting that 85% of all design and engineering team members involved in the project's construction were women and people of color. The finished product holds two professional indoor courts, two 3x3 outdoor courts, a state-of-the-art locker room, and players' lounge, plus designated areas for strength and conditioning, kitchen, dining, and nutrition, and recovery. 

"This facility reflects our commitment to providing our athletes an exceptional environment that supports their growth, health, and performance," said Storm co-owner Ginny Gilder in an official team release. "It’s built for women, by women, embodying our dedication to leading the way in professional women’s sports."

For their part, the team can't wait to make the faciilty their own.

"It's amazing," Storm guard Jewell Loyd told Fox 13. "Not having to drive everywhere around, knowing you have access anytime of the day to get into the gym, to workout." 

Head coach Noelle Quinn said she predicts the team is "never going to leave this building."

"Which is a good thing for me," she continued. "You talk about having an edge in performance. We want our athletes to not only perform on the court, but get whatever they need."

All of the Storm's staff and operations will now live under one roof, and the team also has plans to launch a youth basketball program operating out of the building.

Mystics relocate game to accommodate Caitlin Clark fans

Maya Caldwell, Erica Wheeler, and Lexie Hull of the Indiana Fever celebrate Caitlin Clark
Get ready — Caitlin Clark is coming to town. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Caitlin Clark effect is quickly making its mark on the big leagues, as WNBA host teams around the country rush to upgrade their Fever games to larger arenas in order to accommodate surging ticket sales.

With Clark mere weeks away from her Indiana Fever debut, both the Las Vegas Aces and Washington Mystics have officially relocated their scheduled home games with head coach Christie Sides' squad. On Thursday, the Mystics became the latest to adjust their plans, moving their June 7th matchup from Entertainment & Sports Arena in Southwest DC to the more centrally located — and much larger — Capital One Arena "due to unprecedented demand."

The Mystics home court's capacity taps out at 4,200, while Capital One Arena — home to the Wizards, Capitals, and Georgetown Hoya's Men's Basketball — can fit nearly five times that crowd at some 20,000 spectators.

"The move to Capital One Arena will allow for additional fans in the stands as well as premium hospitality options, including Suites and the all-new all-inclusive courtside Hennessy Lofts," the team announced via Thursday's press release.

The Aces were one of the first teams to switch venues, aiming to take on the Indiana Fever in front of as many as 20,000 fans inside T-Mobile Arena on July 2nd. That’s a sizable a boost from their home venue, which holds just 12,000.

For those still planning to face the Fever in their home arenas, ticket prices have skyrocketed. Previously scheduled construction has already forced the LA Sparks to relocate their first five games — including their May 24th clash with the Fever — to Long Beach State's Walter Pyramid. The temporary venue is quite the downsize, holding just 4,000 in comparison to Arena's near-19,000. As of Friday, the get-in price for that game started around $400.

Despite fans launching a petition urging relocation, the Chicago Sky say they're unable to move their June 23rd Fever meeting from Wintrust Arena's 10,000-seat facility to the 23,500-seat United Center due to a concert. Tickets for that game start around $325 as of Friday.

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