2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final – Spain vs. England [INFOGRAPHIC]
On August 20th, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup finalists Spain and England will take the field to battle for their first world championship. One of them will add their name to the four different nations who were crowned world champion during the previous eight editions: the USA (four times), Germany (twice), Norway and Japan (both once).
How do Spain and reigning European champion England compare on goals scored and conceded? Who sponsors their kits and the players’ boots? And where do the players play club football?
FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances & goals
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is Spain’s third appearance at a World Cup. They made their debut at the 2015 World Cup in Canada. On the road to the final, Spain scored 17 times while conceding seven goals. Four of which came against Japan in their final group match. In the round of 16, they beat Switzerland with five goals to one. The quarter-final saw them beat 2019 finalist the Netherlands 2-1 in extra time, while they won with the same numbers against Sweden in the semi-final.
England have scored 13 goals and conceded three times so far. They started their sixth World Cup tournament with two 1-0 wins, before beating China 6-1 in their final group stage match. Penalties decided their round of 16 clash against Nigeria, while they beat Colombia 2-1. The semi-final against host nation Australia finished 3-1.
Who sponsors the Spanish and English kits?
The Spanish football federation has a long-running partnership with Adidas. While the English football federation has an agreement with Nike since 2013.
Adidas and Nike had respectively seven and 13 teams playing in their kits at the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The third place play-off between Australia and Sweden is also a kit-clash between Nike and Adidas.
What boots do the players wear?
Of the 46 players in the final, 41 percent wear Adidas boots. This includes 12 Spanish and seven English players.
Over half of the Spanish players (12 out of 23) wear Adidas boots, while 48 percent (11 out of 23) of the English play with Nike’s. A total of 16 finalists wear Nike boots.
Puma has nine players wearing their boots, including five Spanish and four English players. Furthermore, one Spanish player plays on New Balance shoes, while one English player wears Under Armour.
The English goalkeepers wear the same brand gloves as they do boots. While the Spanish goalies all wear goalkeeping gloves brand SP while wearing another brand boots.
Where do the players play club football?
Almost all finalists play club football in their home country. 21 out of 23 Spanish players play in the Spanish Liga F. Jennifer Hermoso is the only player currently under contract at a club outside Spain. She plays at CF Pachuca in Mexico. Forward Esther Gonzalez became a free agent at the end of the 2022/23 season after Real Madrid released her.
The Spanish players play at six different clubs, with the most players coming from Barcelona (nine) and Real Madrid (eight).
20 English players play for seven different clubs in the English Women’s Super League. Including six for Manchester City and five for Chelsea.
Three players are under contract at foreign clubs. Georgia Stanway plays for Bayern Munich, while Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh play for Barcelona.
So, 11 Barcelona players (nine Spanish and two English players) play in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup final.