FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 - Opta's Ones To Watch

Posted 7th June 2019

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Opta highlights the ones to watch in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

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This summer will see all eyes turn to France for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Across broadcast graphics, in-depth match reports, online match centres, insightful social media outputs and branded content, our data helps bring coverage to life. With this in mind, we've provided a data-powered preview of the players to look out for in France. 

The below all compete in the FA Women’s Super League, for whom Opta are the official data partner, having a database covering every pass, tackle, shot and much more since the competition's inception in 2011. 

Vivianne Miedema, Netherlands

No matter how much you’d achieved by the time you were 22 it’s unlikely that you'd scored more than 50 goals for your country, as Vivianne Miedema has for the Netherlands. Miedema was the star performer for Arsenal as they sealed the 2018-19 WSL title, scoring 22 goals and assisting 10 in just 20 appearances for the Gunners.

Three hat-tricks means she has tied the all-time WSL record and is the only player in the competition’s history to score 20+ times in a single season. The World Cup final comes eight days before Midema turns 23; can she add that to her CV too?

Erin Cuthbert, Scotland

A star for Chelsea in both the WSL and the Champions League this season, 20-year-old Erin Cuthbert has already played more than 25 times for Scotland and looks set to be the driving force in their World Cup campaign.

A berth in the PFA team of the season was a justified reward for a season in which Cuthbert was one of only five players in the league to score eight or more goals and record five or more assists. Can Cuthbert replicate her impressive domestic form this Summer in France?

Ji So-Yun, South Korea

Like Cuthbert, Ji So-Yun was one of Chelsea’s key players in their close-but-not-quite 2018-19 campaign. She scored 5+ goals for the fourth season in a row and was one of only a handful of players to see more than 85% of their passes reach a team-mate.

No player has scored more goals for South Korea in the country’s footballing history and Ji will bring both a scoring threat and the creativity that sees her third in the all-time WSL charts for chances created, on 193.

Nikita Parris, England

Nikita Parris looks likely to develop her club career in mainland Europe next season after deciding to leave Manchester City for European champions, Lyon, but she gave her erstwhile club one of the finest individual seasons the WSL has ever seen, scoring 19 goals in 19 games and setting up another seven.

12 of those 19 goals came away from home, the only time in WSL history that a player has scored more than 10 times on the road; an ability that will serve her well in 2019-20, but first for England as they try and land the big one in France. 

Beth Mead, England

If Miedema was Arsenal’s finisher in 2018-19, then Beth Mead was the supply line. She ended the season not just as a WSL champion but also as the league’s leading creator with 12 assists, the first time in WSL history that a player had set up more than 10 goals in a single campaign.

She also led the division in second assists (the pass to set up the assist), so showed a level of nuance to her game that will be crucial if England are to progress at the World Cup. Two goals in the Lionesses’ overall victory at the She Believes Cup in mid-season augurs well for the French summer ahead.

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