Henry is a deep lying playmaker who organizes the game from the base of play with her passing. She shines brightest with the ball, splashing passes all over the pitch with her impressive range. She’s also strong defensively, especially when she lies in wait until the perfect moment and springs forward with a well-timed tackle or interception.


Though Henry tends to start deep, she’s famous for striding forward a few yards and unleashing one of her trademark powerbomb shots from distance, which she can hit equally well with both feet. You might remember this particular gem from the last World Cup:

In attack, the leader is the same one it’s been for so long: Eugénie Le Sommer. Le Sommer—another Lyon star—is France’s most lethal weapon, and is the team’s most reliable source goals. The 30-year-old will soon become France’s all-time leading scorer, and will need to come up big for France, since most of the other forwards in the squad are relatively unproven.


The 22-year-old Delphine Cascarino (you guessed it: also from Lyon) has emerged only recently as arguably France’s most promising young forward prospect; if she can channel her compatriot, Kylian Mbappé, and bring some speed and goals to the national team, her contributions could make the difference between success and failure. It will probably take at least two of France’s young forwards Cascarino, Kadidiatou Diani, and Valérie Gauvin—all under the age of 25—to get going in order for the women to repeat the men’s feat at win the World Cup. France’s biggest challenge should things go as expected will probably come in yet another mammoth quarterfinal matchup, this time against the USWNT. Get past that game, and France could be home free.

Group A Fixtures

June 7, 3 p.m.: France vs. South Korea at Parc de Princes

June 12, 3 p.m.: France vs. Norway at Stade de Nice

June 17, 3 p.m.: Nigeria vs. France at Roazhon Park

All times Eastern