|1||9 a.m. today||ESPN2||Nigeria vs. France|
|2||noon today||ESPN||Germany vs. Canada|
|9||noon Thursday||ESPN||Canada vs. France|
|10||2:45 p.m. Thursday||ESPN||Germany vs. Nigeria|
|17||2:45 p.m. July 5||ESPN||France vs. Germany|
|18||2:45 p.m. July 5||ESPN2||Canada vs. Nigeria|
|3||9 a.m. Monday||ESPN||Japan vs. New Zealand|
|4||noon Monday||ESPN||Mexico vs. England|
|11||9 a.m. Friday||ESPN||Japan vs. Mexico|
|12||12:15 p.m. Friday||ESPN||New Zealand vs. England|
|19||12:15 p.m. July 5||ESPN||England vs. Japan|
|20||12:15 p.m. July 5||ESPN2||New Zealand vs. Mexico|
|5||9 a.m. Tuesday||ESPN||Colombia vs. Sweden|
|6||12:15 p.m. Tuesday||ESPN||U.S. vs. North Korea|
|13||8 a.m. Saturday||ESPN2||North Korea vs. Sweden|
|14||noon Saturday||ESPN||U.S. vs. Colombia|
|21||2:45 p.m. July 6||ESPN||Sweden vs. U.S.|
|22||2:45 p.m. July 6||ESPN2||North Korea vs. Colombia|
|7||9 a.m. Wednesday||ESPN||Norway vs. Equatorial Guinea|
|8||12:15 p.m. Wed.||ESPN||Brazil vs. Australia|
|15||8 a.m. July 3||ESPN2||Australia vs. Equatorial Guinea|
|16||12:15 p.m. July 3||ESPN||Brazil vs. Norway|
|23||noon July 6||ESPN||Equatorial Guinea vs. Brazil|
|24||noon July 6||ESPN2||Australia vs. Norway|
Previous World Cups: None
Coach: Ricardo Rozo
Top players: Nathalie Arias, Paula Forero, Yorely Rincon (above left)
Analysis: An uncomfortable moment of truth awaits. Colombia has never played at this level and has never faced the type of teams it will face during the group stage. It hopes to avoid Argentina's fate in 2003. Making its debut, the fellow South American team went 0-3 while being outscored 15-1. What confidence exists likely will be gone after the opener against Sweden.
Previous World Cups: Three
Best finish: Quarterfinals (2007)
Coach: Kim Kwang Min
Top players: Kim Kyong Hwa, Jo Yun-Mi (above)
Analysis: As far as technical skill, commitment and a tireless work ethic go, no one can fault the North Koreans. But given the nation's secrecy, it's hard to predict what kind of team has been put together. Perennial contenders in the Asian championship, North Korea narrowly lost the final of the 2008 Under-20 World Cup to the United States.
Previous World Cups: Five
Best finish: Second (2003)
Coach: Thomas Dennerby
Top players: Rut Hedvig Lindahl, Charlotte Rohlin, Lotta Schelin (above)
Analysis: The Swedes have come close to winning it all, finishing third in 1991 and second in 2003. They reached the quarterfinals in 1995 and 1999, and only goal differential prevented them from reaching the quarterfinals in 2007. This time, they are a legitimate contender, their talent trailing only the big three of Germany, Brazil and the United States.
1. Noon July 9: Group B winner vs. Group A runnerup
2. 2:45 p.m. July 9: Group A winner vs. Group B runnerup
3. 7 a.m. July 10: Group C winner vs. Group D runnerup
4. 11:30 a.m. July 10: Group D winner vs. Group C runnerup
Noon July 13: Quarterfinal 2 winner vs. quarterfinal 3 winner
2:45 p.m. July 13: Quarterfinal 1 winner vs. quarterfinal 4 winner
11:30 a.m. July 16: Semifinal losers, ESPN2
2:45 p.m. July 17: Semifinal winners, ESPN
Canada: Talented team won the 2010 Gold Cup but is stuck in the Group of Death.
France: Emerging power went 11-0 (outscoring opponents 50-2) during qualifying.
Germany: Winners of the past two World Cups and favored to win again behind Birgit Prinz, who has scored 128 goals in 212 international games since debuting as a 16-year-old in 1994.
Nigeria: A wild card? Many players were on the team that reached the 2010 Under-20 World Cup final, which it lost to Germany.
England: Domestic league debuted only this year, slowing the program's growth.
Japan: The 2010 Asian champ could benefit from playing in a weak group.
Mexico: Which team shows up? Lost five of six entering the 2010 Gold Cup then shocked the United States in the semis.
New Zealand: One of the two big fish in a small pond (Oceania) is 0-6 and has been outscored 20-1 in two appearances.
Australia: One of the two big fish in a small pond (Oceania) has won just two games in four appearances.
Brazil: Talented team led by Marta (five-time world player of the year) is one of the few that can match up with Germany and the United States.
Equatorial Guinea: World Cup debut could get ugly.
Norway: The 1995 champ has reached at least the quarters in all five World Cups and likely will do so again.
Compiled from Times wires
Previous World Cups: Five
Best finish: Champion (1991 and 1999)
Coach: Pia Sundhage
Top players: Shannon Boxx, Christie Pierce, Abby Wambach
Analysis: The Americans stumbled in qualifying (having to beat Italy just to get in). Group play shouldn't be an issue. But to face Germany (the only other two-time champ), they likely will have to beat Brazil (the best nation to have never won it all) or Norway (the only other nation to have won it all) in the quarters.
1 Hope Solo *
18 Nicole Barnhart
21 Jill Loyden
2 Heather Mitts
3Christie Rampone *
6 Amy Le Peilbet *
11 Ali Krieger *
14 Stephanie Cox
19 Rachel Buehler *
5 Kelley O'Hara
7 Shannon Boxx *
9 Heather O'Reilly *
10 Carli Lloyd *
15 Megan Rapinoe *
16 Lori Lindsey
17 Tobin Heath
8 Amy Rodriguez *
12 Lauren Cheney
13 Alex Morgan
20Abby Wambach *
* Likely starter