2023 Women’s World Cup – Languages of the Women’s World Cup
The 2023 Women’s World Cup kicks off in Australia and New Zealand later this week. The top 32 teams from across the world are set to battle it out for the coveted World Cup Trophy. Can the European Champions, England’s Lionesses, continue their trophy-winning streak, or will current holders USA retain the World Cup for the third time in a row? With countries from across the world taking part, there are so many different cultures and languages all meeting together down-under! We have taken a look at the languages of the teams taking part in this years highly anticipated Women’s World Cup.
Most Popular Languages of the Women’s World Cup
English Speaking Teams – 11
There are a vast 11 English-speaking countries taking part in 2023 Women’s World Cup. England, the Republic of Ireland, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Philippines, and Jamaica all join hosts Australia and New Zealand as countries with English as an official language. English is definitely the most popular of the all the languages of the Women’s World Cup.
Three of the favourites to win the World Cup are also within this group. England are coming in hot after their win at the EUROs last summer. They will be looking to build on their momentum under Dutch manager Sarina Wiegman. Since Sarina Wiegman has taken charge of the Lionesses, the team have only lost 1 out of 32 games!
That one loss however came against their English-speaking World Cup opponents Australia. The co-hosts are feeling quietly confident of winning the tournament due to their (not so) secret weapon in Sam Kerr. The striker has had a formidable season at her club Chelsea and will be looking to build on this during the World Cup.
The other favourite out of the English-speaking nations is the current holder USA. Looking to add to their World Cup trophy count, USA are the bookies’ favourites to win the tournament for a third time in a row! With top players like Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe in their squad, you can see why.
Spanish Speaking Teams – 5
While English-speaking teams dominate the squads taking part this year, there are still a few Spanish-speaking sides in the tournament. As well as Spain, there are 4 other teams representing the Spanish language this summer. Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Argentina are all taking part in the tournament.
While the other Spanish-speaking sides are not as established when it comes to women’s football, Spain themselves are in the top 5 favourites to win the tournament. With a well-experienced squad, Spain might be one to watch!
French Speaking Teams – 3
Alongside France, Haiti and Switzerland make up the French-speaking countries taking part in the Women’s World Cup this summer. While Haiti and Switzerland may not be expected to get out of their respective groups, France have a relatively good chance of progressing in the tournament.
With one of the best domestic clubs in the world, Lyon, we might see the French team reach at least the final 8 of the tournament. However, they will no doubt have to face one of the front-runners which could either lead to their exit or an unexpected result.
Other Languages of the Women’s World Cup
With teams from all over the world taking part there are a variety of other languages spoken during the World Cup. Germany are one of the other favourites for the win and are joined only by Switzerland in having German as their official language. Brazil and Portugal are representing the Portuguese language at the tournament. Both teams recently held England to draws during regulation time. Brazil only losing against the Lionesses in the Finallisima on penalties.
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All the other countries taking part are alone in their official languages. Denmark, Sweden, and Norway represent the Scandinavian languages, each with their own stand-out players. Sarina Wiegman’s home nation will be hoping for a World Cup Final crowd singing in Dutch come the end of the tournament. Japan, Vietnam, China, and South Korea are all hoping to be underdog winners while representing Asian languages. Morocco are the only Arabic-speaking team in this year’s tournament. And while they are not expected to perform as well as other countries, will definitely give it their best shot!
No matter which language you speak, it is brilliant to see the support and buzz around a Women’s World Cup. The growth of the game over the past 12-18 months has been phenomenal. With members of the teams inspiring young girls to take to the field and chase their dreams, it is hard to not get behind your favourite team and players during a World Cup!