The Women's World Cup starts this weekend when hosts France face South Korea in Paris; Australia kicks off its campaign against Italy on Sunday night.

The biggest stars in the women's game - with just a few exceptions - will line up for the event, expected to be the biggest festival of women's sport the planet has ever seen.


Eugenie Le Sommer (Forward) and Amandine Henry (Midfield) France

Captain Henry is the heartbeat of the team and Le Sommer leads the line. Together, the Olympique Lyon pair will aim to fire France to their first World Cup, emulating their men's team from Russia last year.

Alex Morgan (Forward) and the American dream team

Morgan is the superstar, but what a support act. Megan Rapinoe is a deadly asset. Mallory Pugh is rising through the ranks. Cristen Press and Tobin Heath have proven class and then there's Carli Lloyd, who like Morgan has over 100 international goals. Oh, and that's just the USA forward line. The team to beat.

Alexandra Popp (Forward) Germany

A two-time German footballer of the year, Popp arrives in France after a prolific campaign for German champions Wolfsburg. Popp, 27, is a key player for a national team unbeaten in a year.

Sam Kerr (Forward) Australia

Sure, the Matildas have other threats but the 25-year-old captain fantastic is central to Australia's hopes of a deep run. Kerr has 23 goals in 27 international appearances and should add to that tally in France. Even when not scoring, her high press is crucial to Australia's hopes.

Marta (Forward), Formiga (Midfield) and Cristiane (Forward) Brazil

With a combined age of 108 and 15 World Cups between them, this trio knows what it takes. Formiga will become the only player to play at seven World Cups when she makes it onto the pitch; Marta has won more individual awards than any other female footballer and Cristiane has an incredible goalscoring history.

Lucy Bronze (Defender) England

Plainly the best fullback in the world, although her versatility could see her utilised in several roles, Bronze will aim to fire England to their best-ever women's World Cup result this month. No need to question her credentials, her middle name is quite literally 'Tough'.