Women's World Cup fixtures today - your guide to Monday's matchday 12 games

  • Co-hosts Australia likely need to defeat Canada to reach last 16
  • Japan and Spain face off to decide the winner of Group C
  • Nigeria one point away from reaching the round of 16 at second successive tournament

Co-hosts Australia face a mouth-watering encounter with Olympic champions Canada in their all-important final group game
Co-hosts Australia face a mouth-watering encounter with Olympic champions Canada in their all-important final group game / Andy Cheung/GettyImages
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The biggest group stage in Women's World Cup history is rapidly hurtling towards a nail-biting conclusion.

After Sunday's fixtures, every nation has now played two games at this year's tournament Down Under. At this stage of the competition, the overarching takeaway is one of unpredictability; everyone can beat anyone.

New Zealand opened their campaign with a victory over Norway but then lost to the Philippines. A draw against Switzerland was not enough to see the Ferns through as Norway held off a squad mutiny long enough to rattle six unanswered goals past New Zealand's conquerors, the Philippines.

Fellow co-hosts Australia will be at the epicentre of Monday's action as Group B comes to a close after the conclusion of Spain and Japan's Group C. Here's everything you need to know about another mouth-watering set of fixtures.


Costa Rica vs Zambia - Group C

Japan v Costa Rica: Group C - FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023
At least 16 players have taken more shots individually than the entire Costa Rica team combined at this World Cup / Zhizhao Wu/GettyImages
  • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Stadium: Waikato Stadium
  • Date: Monday 31 July
  • Kick-off Time: 08:00 BST / 03:00 EST / 00:00 PST
  • Referee: Bouchra Karboubi (MAR)

There may be nothing at stake for two sides already eliminated after two defeats to Spain and Japan but the meeting between Costa Rica and Zambia is underpinned by an intriguing culture clash.

Costa Rica famously don't have an army. The nation's all-time leading goalscorer Raquel 'Rocky' Rodriguez explained: "We always say that the soccer field is like our battlefield, for lack of a better term." Zambia, by contrast, not only boast armed forces but have six players in the squad that play for the two most prominent military clubs in the country: Red Arrows and Green Buffaloes.

However, this battle for pride may be shot shy as neither nation has scored during the tournament. In fact, the pair have combined to force Japan and Spain's goalkeepers into just four saves.

How to watch on TV

Country

TV channel / Live stream

United Kingdom

ITV4, ITVX

United States

Fox Sports 1, Peacock, FOX Sports App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Foxsports.com, UNIVERSO, UNIVERSO NOW

Canada

TSN2, TSN+, RDS App


Japan vs Spain - Group C

Spain v Zambia - FIFA Women's World Cup
Spain are the top scorers in the tournament with eight goals / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages
  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Stadium: Wellington Regional Stadium
  • Date: Monday 31 July
  • Kick-off Time: 08:00 BST / 03:00 EST / 00:00 PST
  • Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)

Only five nations have won their first two matches this year and the duo of Japan and Spain are the only perfect pair that share the same group. Monday morning's encounter is a straight shootout to decide the order of the top two spots in Group C.

Spain would finish above Japan in the event of a draw given their superior goal difference - both sides are yet to concede but La Roja have scored eight goals to Japan's seven.

The team that claims top spot will face Norway in the round of 16 while the runners-up meet Switzerland.

How to watch on TV

Country

TV channel / Live stream

United Kingdom

ITVX, ITV 1 UK, STV Scotland, STV Player

United States

FOX Network, fuboTV, Telemundo, Peacock, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Foxsports.com, FOX Sports App

Canada

TSN+, TSN1, TSN4, RDS App


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Canada vs Australia - Group B

Ashley Lawrence (No.10) of Canada in action during the FIFA...
Canada have taken four points from their first two World Cup games / SOPA Images/GettyImages
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Stadium: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
  • Date: Monday 31 July
  • Kick-off Time: 11:00 BST / 06:00 EST / 03:00 PST
  • Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)

After the draw for Group B, it seemed to only be a question of which order Canada and Australia would fill the top two spots - yet, Nigeria have created the distinct possibility that either the Olympic champions or co-hosts miss out on the knockout rounds.

Canada lie second in Group B, below Nigeria, on four points. Australia are one place and point further back. A draw would send Canada through regardless of any other results but Australia would need a favour from the Republic of Ireland if they don't pick up maximum points. Defeat is a killer blow for the Matildas.

Star striker Sam Kerr has declared herself fit after missing Australia's first two matches with a calf injury. Yet, it remains to be seen how many minutes Kerr can play in a match which her teammate Ellie Carpenter described as 'do-or-die'.

How to watch on TV

Country

TV channel / Live stream

United Kingdom

BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, BBC Red Button

United States

FOX Network, fuboTV, Telemundo, Peacock, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Foxsports.com, FOX Sports App

Canada

RDS, CTV, TSN1, TSN4, TSN5, TSN+, RDS App, CTV App


Republic of Ireland vs Nigeria - Group B

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Katie McCabe (right) scored Ireland's first World Cup goal since 2002 in defeat to Canada / Paul Kane/GettyImages
  • Location: Brisbane, Australia
  • Stadium: Brisbane Stadium
  • Date: Monday 31 July
  • Kick-off Time: 11:00 BST / 06:00 EST / 03:00 PST
  • Referee: Katia Itzel Garcia (MEX)

Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw agreed with reporters that asked if she warranted more clarity over her future. With a contract that expires at the end of the tournament, Pauw certainly won't hurt her job prospects if she can guide her eliminated team to their first win at a Women's World Cup.

Nigeria are playing for much more than just pride. The Super Falcons stunned co-hosts Australia with a deserved 3-2 victory in their second game, taking them top of Group B on four points. Nigeria just need a draw to guarantee a spot in the round of 16 for the second World Cup on the spin.

How to watch on TV

Country

TV channel / Live stream

United Kingdom

BBC Two, BBC Sport, BBC iPlayer

United States

Fox Sports 1, fuboTV, UNIVERSO, UNIVERSO NOW, Peacock, Telemundo Deportes En VIvo, Foxsports.com, FOX Sports App

Canada

TSN2, TSN+, RDS App


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