France will be hoping for another deep run into a major tournament at the Women’s World Cup this summer.
Hosts of the 2019 World Cup, France made it to the quarter-finals before losing to eventual winners USWNT but they went one stage further at Euro 2022 last year. Topping their group, France then beat Netherlands to reach the semi-finals but did lose to Germany 2-1 with two goals from Alexandra Popp. Can they continue their ascent through major tournaments to reach the final this summer?
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|France to win the Women’s World Cup
|France to reach the semi-finals
|Kadidiatou Diani to win Golden Boot
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France’s route to the Women’s World Cup Final
Group Stage results
|France 0-0 Jamaica
|Sydney Football Stadium
|23 July, 11am BST
|France 2-1 Brazil
|29 July, 11am BST
|Panama 3-6 France
|Sydney Football Stadium
|2 August, 11am BST
Who could France meet in the knockout rounds?
As Group F winners, France were drawn against Group H runners-up Morocco in the last 16 and beat the African side comfortably to set up a quarter-final tie against co-hosts Australia.
In the semi-finals England will be the expected opponents on favourite but Colombia have proven themselves more than capable of causing another shock. Should France get through that final, it’s one of Spain, Netherlands, Japan or Sweden in the final.
|Route as Group F winners
Confirmed France Women’s World Cup squad
|Elisa De Almeida
|Lea Le Garrec
|Eugenie Le Sommer
France players to watch at this year’s Women’s World Cup
France World Cup Golden Boot contender – Eugenie Le Sommer
With Marie-Antoinette Katoto out injured, it feels as though there is even more pressure on Eugenie Le Sommer to be amongst the goals for France this summer. But it’s not really pressure for Le Sommer, this is what she does. With 92 goals in 182 caps for France, Le Sommer is the nation’s all-time leading goalscorer, overtaking Marinette Pichon in late 2020. However, in other circumstances Le Sommer could be a lot closer to the 100 mark, or even past it, but the Lyon forward played just one game in 2021 and 2022 after falling out with Corinne Diacre.
Le Sommer was finally (rightly) brought back into the French fold this year by Herve Renard and bagged a brace on her return, a 5-2 win against Colombia. At the 2019 World Cup, Le Sommer scored twice, netting against South Korea and Norway in the group stage. She’s beat that this summer with three goals so far, one against Brazil and two vs Morocco.
France player to watch – Kadidiatou Diani
One of the questions surrounding France’s preliminary squad is whether Kadidiatou Diani is fit enough to make the final 23-player roster. Just a few months ago Diani wasn’t going to be at the World Cup, whether fit or not, one of a few players who had taken themselves out of consideration while Diacre was still in charge. But now Renard is in charge, Diani has a chance to play if she recovers in time after surgery on her collarbone. The PSG forward underwent the surgery at the start of April, with a predicted absence of six weeks, which meant she was okay to feature for France at this World Cup, setting up Le Sommer for their opener against Brazil. Diani then scored a hat-trick in the win over Panama, and added another against Morocco, with only one player netting more at the World Cup.
France emerging player to look out for – Naomie Feller
A newer face in the France squad, 21-year-old Naomie Feller joined Real Madrid last summer and had a good first campaign in Spain, getting Champions League experience alongside her 17 starts in the Liga F, scoring five goals with four assists. Feller was given her France debut by Diacre in October 2021 against Estonia and has made two more appearances under Renard, scoring against Uruguay in February. It will be a valuable experience for Feller to go to the World Cup and an interesting option for France to have from the bench, as shown by her assist against Morocco.
France tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup
In his first three games since taking charge, Herve Renard has utilised a 4-3-3 formation, a switch from the 4-2-3-1 he favoured while in charge of the Saudi Arabia men’s national team. However, at the World Cup he’s gone for a two-player strike force either in a straightforward 4-4-2 or a 4-4-1-1 with one of the forwards playing just behind.
Returning from her injury, Diani has come straight in to form the strike partnership alongside Eugenie Le Sommer — though in the final group game against Panama, Diani was the main centre forward with Clara Mateo playing just behind. The first choice central midfield pairing is Grace Geyoro and Sandi Toletti, with Selma Bacha and Kenza Dali on the flanks, the former moving slightly further forward with Sakina Karchaoui at full-back. France are a little unsettled at the heart of the defence but have the likes of Wendie Renard, Elisa De Almeida, Maelle Lakrar and Estelle Cascarino to call upon, with Eve Perisset the first-choice right back.
Where are France in the FIFA world rankings?
France are currently fifth in the FIFA world rankings, just ahead of Spain and behind England.
Who is the France manager?
Herve Renard is the manager of the France team, replacing Corinne Diacre in early 2023.
Who is the current France captain?
Wendie Renard is the France captain and carries the armband into Australia and New Zealand.
How many times have France won the World Cup?
France are yet to win the World Cup, with their best finish being fourth at the 2011 tournament when they lost to USA in the semi-finals and Sweden in the third place play-off.
How many times have France competed in the World Cup?
This is France’s fifth appearance at the World Cup and fourth in a row, though last time out they automatically qualified as hosts.
Who has scored France’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Eugenie Le Sommer has scored eight goals for France at the World Cup more than any other player, moving three clear of Marie-Laure Delie thanks to her goals against Brazil and Morocco.