Despite their international success over the past few years, France has been in turmoil behind the scenes. In March, the French Federation sacked its long-time coach, Corinne Diacre, after players complained about Unhealthy environment in the team.
Hervé Renard, a well-traveled coach who had never led a women’s team before, has steadied the ship.
But Jamaica, a team entering their second World Cup finals, stymied that run on Sunday, securing their first-ever ranking point with an unexpected 0-0 draw against France. Jamaica had to use Crowdfunding sites to raise money for the team’s trip to Australia and New Zealand, losing all three of their group stage matches in 2019.