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Pre-Women’s World Cup Power Rankings

Australia v United States

COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 4: Julie Ertz #8 of the United States kicks the ball past Clare Polkinghorne #4 of Australia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on April 4, 2019 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

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Well, here goes nothing.

The last Women’s World Cup seems like it took place more than four years ago, when group stage games saw a couple wobbly scores like Switzerland’s 10-1 defeat of Ecuador and Germany’s 10-0 demolition of the Ivory Coast.

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The lesser lights seem a bit stronger this go-round, but it’s still very much the case that single upsets -- let alone long runs into the tournament -- aren’t going to arrive too often.

The top teams in the world are just too good. And even Brazil, who is struggling mightily in terms of results, has been losing while running a brutal run of preparation fixtures.

Tier 4: Be happy to be there

24. Cameroon

23. South Africa

22. Jamaica

21. Argentina

20. Nigeria

19. Chile

18. Thailand

Tier 3: Hoping to surprise -- Some impressive moments on their resumes, but nothing that makes you expect glory.

17. New Zealand

16. Scotland

15. China

14. Italy

13. Spain

12. Norway

11. South Korea

10. Australia

9. Netherlands

Tier 2: Capable of extended beauty -- The stars and set-up to win any match, but just not quite the level of the favorites.

8. Brazil

7. Japan

6. Sweden

5. Canada

Tier 1: The Elite -- Where anything other than a final is a failure. And just think: France and the USWNT will meet in the quarterfinals if both win their groups.

4. England

3. Germany

2. France

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