FIFA International Window Sets The Scene For Paris Olympics

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

With just one international window left before the Paris Olympics, there’s lots to glean from some top global contenders’ recent performances.

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The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) finishes off its window, coming off a 4-0 shutout win over South Korea on Saturday.

The USWNT is set to play Australia, Germany, and either Morocco or Zambia in the upcoming group stage of the Summer Games.

Germany beat Poland 4-1 in its most recent UEFA Women’s Euro 2025 qualifying match but began the campaign with a close 3-2 win over Austria.

Australia, meanwhile, drew its first friendly against China 1-1 before finishing off the two-game series with a 2-0 win in front of a record crowd in Sydney.

The Matildas also became the first country to announce its 18-person Olympic squad early Tuesday.

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Speaking of the Euro qualifiers, France lost 2-1 to reigning European champs and World Cup runners-up England having bested the Lionesses 2-1 on Friday.

After failing to make the 2024 Olympics in December, England has drawn with Sweden and beaten the Republic of Ireland in their Euro qualifying group.

The match against France was played without star goalkeeper Mary Earps, who withdrew from the competition after exiting Friday's game with a minor hip injury.

"You’ve got to beat the best to be the best, and we have a target on our back since winning the Euros," forward Beth Mead told the BBC.

"It’s a tough group and some would say it's the group of death but you have to beat the best to be the best."


With the Olympics in sight, World Cup champions Spain continue to dominate the European qualifiers, winning every single one of their matches so far.

Included among the wins: a 7-0 victory over Belgium and a 2-0 shutout against Denmark at the end of May.

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"Spain is so far ahead of everyone else," USWNT coach Emma Hayes recently told ESPN.

Elsewhere, reigning Olympic gold medalists Canada will play the second of two friendlies against Mexico to conclude June's international window.

Canada beat Mexico 2-0 in the first friendly, controlling much of the first half before struggling in the final third to seal the deal.

The game will be Canada's last chance to shore up any roster issues, as they won't see the pitch again until the chosen 18 enter the Olympic group stages.

"You walk away with what you thought was going to be more answers, and you're coming away with more questions," head coach Bev Priestman told the CBC after Saturday's win.

"I think you can't hide it's going to be difficult. There's going to be some top, top players that miss out."

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