Women's World Cup 2019: Round of 16 Schedule, Power Rankings

Sixteen teams remain in the Women's World Cup as the tournament moves into the knockout stage this weekend.

Norway and Australia kick off proceedings in the round of 16 on Saturday, while the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) takes on Spain on Monday for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Here, Newsweek ranks all the teams that have progressed to the round of 16.

1. U.S.A

Three wins in three games, 18 goals scored and none conceded. USWNT's quest for a fourth World Cup title could have not begun more emphatically. If the game against Thailand was supposed to be a gimme and the fixture against Chile little short of a walkover, the final group match against Sweden was supposed to be the first real test for the defending champions.

The U.S. passed it with flying colors and confirmed its status as the team to beat in France. By topping the group, Jill Ellis' team will likely face the hosts in the quarter-finals in a game that could a long way towards determining the World Cup winner.

2. France

The pre-tournament favorite alongside USWNT, France won Group A with nine points. However, after a resounding victory over South Korea in the opening game, the hosts had to work harder to beat Norway and Nigeria, winning both games thanks to a penalty.

The problem for France has not been creating chances but taking them. The likes of Gaëtene Thiney and Eugénie Le Sommer need to step up, beginning with the round of 16 game against Brazil on Sunday.

3. Australia

Trailing 2-0 to Brazil in its second game, Australia was staring down the barrel after losing its opener against Italy. The Matildas, however, showed why they were thought of as potential medal contenders at the beginning of the tournament, coming back to beat Brazil 3-2 before thumping Jamaica 4-1.

Captain Sam Kerr has been crucial to the turnaround in form, scoring five goals in three games—including all four in the win over Jamaica. The reward was a meeting with Norway in the round of 16, which will be far from easy but there's a feeling Australia is clicking into gear just at the right time.

4. Netherlands

While USWNT and France have commanded the lion's share of attention, the Dutch have quietly gone about their business, winning each of their group matches.

The Oranje have never made it past the round of 16 and while Japan is a challenging draw in the round of 16, the Netherlands have every reason to be optimistic they can make history.

In Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema, the European champions have two players capable of winning any game.

5. England

The Lionesses won Group D with a 100 percent record and will be heavy favorites in the round of 16 tie against Cameroon. However, there's work to do for Phil Neville, who has seen his side's performances fall off a cliff in the second half against Scotland and Japan.

England did not pay for its mistakes then, but cannot afford to be as sloppy in the knockout stage.

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Carli Lloyd of USA Women Celebrates with Tierna Davidson of USA Women, Christen Press of USA Women during the World Cup Women match between USA v Chile at the Parc des Princes on June 16 in Paris, France. Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty

6. Germany

The Olympic champions have flown under the radar so far, a position which one suspects suits them just fine. Germany is still to concede a goal in the tournament and has shared the goals at the other end, with five different players getting on the scoresheet.

They are heavy favorites against Nigeria on Saturday and a team nobody will want to face.

7. Italy

Arguably the surprise of the tournament so far, Italy topped a difficult group and will take on China Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals.

Juventus duo Barbara Bonansea and Cristiana Girelli have emerged as a formidable attacking duo, while defensively Italy has been typically resolute, conceding just once from open play so far.

8. Norway

The absence of Ada Hegerberg has so far not proved a distraction for Norway. Wins against Nigeria and South Korea, either side of a controversial defeat against France, were enough to book a round of 16 meeting against Australia.

The Matildas will be favorites but Norway will back itself to cause an upset.

9. Brazil

Comfortable against Jamaica, impeccable for 45 minutes against Australia and slightly fortunate against Italy: It's hard to know what to make of Brazil.

The South Americans will be underdogs against France on Sunday but don't bet them against spoiling the party, particularly given they possess an evergreen match winner in Marta.

The forward made history against Italy by scoring her 17th World Cup goal, becoming the all-time leader scorer at either men's or women's finals.

10. Sweden

Losing to USWNT didn't particularly hurt Sweden, as it ensured the Scandinavians will not come across them in the quarter-finals if they get past Canada in the round of 16.

With six different goalscorers in the group stages, Sweden showed it can be a threat going forward.

11. Canada

The bronze medalists of the 2016 Olympics take on Sweden after finishing second in their group. Despite scoring just four goals in three games, the Canadians have attacking options and are hard to score against, conceding just twice in three games.

12. Japan

The 2015 runners-up finished second in their group and face a tricky round of 16 clash against the Netherlands. There is a feeling that Japan is a team built to peak at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but it would be naive to rule it out of contention for a medal at this World Cup just yet.

13. Spain

Four points from three games were enough to qualify for the round of 16 but represented an average return for Spain. La Roja needed three late goals to beat South Africa and were kept scoreless against Germany and China.

The team has shown little to make a case for it beating USWNT on Monday.

14. China

China qualified as the second of the third-ranked teams but its campaign so far has been remarkably dull, with just one goal scored and one conceded.

The 1999 runners-up could face a difficult test against Italy on Tuesday.

15. Cameroon

A stoppage-time goal against New Zealand secured a spot in the round of 16 for the second successive tournament for Cameroon.

However, it's hard to see the third-lowest ranked team in the competition troubling England, particularly as it has conceded nine goals in its last six World Cup matches.

16. Nigeria

Nigeria scraped through as the last of third-ranked teams and would not have qualified had Chile not missed a late penalty.

Despite losing by just one goal to France in the third game of the group, its campaign will almost certainly come to an end against Germany on Saturday.

Round of 16 schedule (All times ET)

Saturday, June 22

  • Germany vs. Nigeria—11:30 a.m. FS1
  • Norway vs. Australia—3 p.m. Fox

Sunday, June 23

  • England vs. Cameroon—11:30 a.m. FS1
  • France vs. Brazil—3 p.m. Fox

Monday, June 24

  • Spain vs. United States—12 p.m. FS1
  • Sweden vs. Canada—3 p.m. FS1

Tuesday, June 25

  • Italy vs. China—12 p.m. FS1
  • Netherlands vs. Japan—3 p.m. FS1
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