Guide to Reds in World Cup knockout stage

Wednesday 02 August 2023 12:58

The serious business of the knockout stage at the Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is almost upon us.

Six Manchester United players flew out to represent their respective nations on the biggest stage.

Unfortunately, Jayde Riviere and Adriana Leon have headed home after Canada were knocked out in the group stage.

Despite drawing 0-0 with Nigeria and beating the Republic of Ireland 2-1, they finished third in Group B following a 4-0 defeat to Australia in their last match.

But our England trio of Mary EarpsElla Toone and Katie Zelem have all played their part in the Lionesses’ progression to the round of 16. They topped Group D with 1-0 wins over Haiti and Denmark, before thumping China 6-1.

Vilde Boe Risa has also made it through to the next round with Norway, who were runners-up in Group A after recovering from a 1-0 defeat against New Zealand by drawing 0-0 with Switzerland and thrashing the Philippines 6-0.

We would love to see our United stars go all the way and lift the trophy on the global stage. Their potential pathway to becoming world champions is now a bit clearer, which we’ve laid out below…


Norway take on Japan in the second last-16 clash of the tournament, at the Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand. The match is on Saturday (5 August) with kick-off at 09:00 BST.

Then, on Monday (7 August), England will be up against Nigeria in Brisbane, Australia, at 08:30 BST.


If Norway were to progress, Boe Risa and her team-mates would face a stern test against either Sweden or the holders USA next Friday 11 August at 08:30 BST.

Should England get through, the next opponents for Sarina Wiegman’s side would be one of Colombia, Germany, Jamaica or Morocco. The game would take place on Saturday 12 August at 11:30 BST.


The first semi-final will be at Eden Park in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland on Tuesday 15 August at 09:00 BST. This would feature Norway if they were to reach this stage.

Should England advance to the last four, the Lionesses would be in action on Wednesday 16 August at 11:00 BST at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia.


The climax to the tournament will be the showpiece final at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Sunday 20 August at 11:00 BST, when we hope to be cheering on some of our Reds.

There is also a third place play-off match, which will be played at the Brisbane Football Stadium on Saturday 19 August at 09:00 BST.