The 2015 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament for women is taking place from June 6 to Jul 5, 2015 in Canada. Here is a list of the odds for teams to win the 2015 World Cup.
The women’s World Cup was first played in 1991 with China as the host country. The soccer tournament has been played every four years since. I’ve listed all the teams that have won the tournament below and all the teams that have come close.
Odds for teams to win the 2015 World Cup women’s soccer tournament
1. United States – 5/2 odds
At odds of 5/2, the United States women’s soccer team is the pretty heavy favorite to win the 2015 FIFA World Cup in Canada. The United States has won two women’s World Cups in 1991 and 1999. Team USA was the runner-up in 2011 and the worst the team has ever done is third place.
This year will likely be the last chance for Abby Wambach to win a World Cup. Abby has won two Olympic gold medals and she holds the record for most international goals all-time among both men and women but she has yet to win a World Cup.
2. Germany – 4 to 1
Germany is the second choice to win the 2015 FIFA World Cup at odds of 4 to 1. Germany has two World Cup wins (2003, 2007), a second (1995) and a fourth (1991) but the Germans were not in the top four in 2011.
3. Brazil – 5 to 1
Brazil is the third choice at 5 to 1 odds. I spent a month in Brazil back in the 1990s and the country is absolutely soccer crazy but the best the women have done in the World Cup is a second place finish in 2007.
4. Japan – 7 to 1
Japan was a surprise winner over the United States in 2011 and the Japanese women are the defending champions. The win was Japan’s only top four finish in World Cup history and I doubt they will repeat in 2015.
5. Sweden – 10 to 1
The Swedish women have yet to win the World Cup but the team was runner-up to Germany in 2003, and Sweden finished in third place in both 1991 and 2011. That third in 2011 might point to better things in 2015, but I’m always leery of small population countries (some 9.6 million people live in Sweden).
T-6. Canada – 12 to 1
You know host country Canada will be pulling out all the stops to try and win in 2015. But Canada’s best World Cup finish is fourth place in 2003. There are many pretty women on the Canadian team this year though.
T-6. France – 12 to 1
France’s best finish in a women’s World Cup is fourth place but it came in 2011. You have to think the French women are going to have a great World Cup sooner or later.
8. England – 20 to 1
England is a great soccer country but the English women have never finished in the top four in World Cup play. At odds of 20 to 1, the bookmakers do not think England will be a big threat again this year.
9. Norway – 30 to 1
Norway is a small country (5 million population) that has had great success in women’s World Cup play. The Norwegians won the World Cup in 1995, finished in second place in 1991, and finished fourth in both 1999 and 2007.
T-10. Spain – 40 to 1
Spain is another pretty big soccer country that has had very little success in women’s World Cup play. The Spanish women have yet to finish in the top four at the World Cup.
T-10. Australia – 40 to 1
The Australian women have never finished in the top four at a World Cup. That surprises me a little because Australia has produced plenty of top notch women athletes over the years.
T-12. China, Netherlands, South Korea – 60 to 1 odds each
Of these three soccer teams at 60 to 1 odds each, only China has had any World Cup success. The Chinese women finished second to the United States in 1999, and finished in fourth place 1995.
15. Switzerland – 75 to 1
Switzerland has a population of 8 million. The Swiss women have never finished in the top four at a World Cup soccer tournament.
T-16. Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Colombia – 150 to 1 odds each
None of the four countries at 150 to 1 odds have had any success in World Cup play. Soccer is pretty big in all four countries so maybe one of these teams will have a little success in 2015 but winning it all is probably impossible for all four teams.
T-20. Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ivory Coast – 250 to 1 odds each
No success in World Cup play for any of these women’s soccer teams. Ivory Coast (20 million) and Ecuador (15 million) are decent sized population countries but Costa Rica is pretty small (5 million).
T-23. Cameroon, Thailand – 300 to 1 odds each