The U.S. Women’s National Team is assured advancement to the knockout stage if it finishes Group D in first or second place.
USA will finish in first place if:
- It beats Nigeria
- It ties Nigeria and Australia vs. Sweden finishes in a tie
- It ties Nigeria and Sweden beats Australia by one goal
- It loses to Nigeria by one goal and Sweden ties Australia
If the USA finishes first in Group D, the team would play the third place finisher of Group B/E/F on June 22 in Edmonton.
USA will finish in second place if:
- It ties Nigeria and Australia beats Sweden
- It ties Nigeria and Sweden beats Australia by more than two goals
- It ties Nigeria and Sweden beats Australia by two goals, but Sweden has more "Goals For" than USA
- It loses to Nigeria by one goal and there is a winner between Australia and Sweden
- It loses to Nigeria by two goals, Australia and Sweden tie, and the USA has more "Goals For" than Australia
If the USA finishes second in Group D, the team would play Brazil on June 21 in Moncton.
The USA can also advance if it finishes as one of the top four third-place finishers across the six World Cup groups. Advancement as a third-place team will not be assured until the Group Stage concludes on June 17. The U.S. cannot finish below third place in the group. Though Nigeria would pass the U.S. with a multi-goal margin of victory, it is not possible for both Sweden and Australia to overtake the U.S.
USA could finish in third place if:
- It loses to Nigeria by two or more goals
If the USA finishes third in Group D and advances, the team could play the winner of Group B on June 20 in Ottawa – or – play the winner of Group A on June 21 in Vancouver.