LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND - APRIL 06: Switzerland squad poses for team photo during the International Womens Friendly match between Switzerland and China at Swissporarena on April 6, 2023 in Lucerne, Switzerland. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

FIFA Women's World Cup 70 Day Countdown: Day 3 - Switzerland Snapshot

As we enter day three of Edge of the Crowd's electrifying 70-day countdown to the highly anticipated 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, we're diving headfirst into a whirlwind tour of the fierce and fabulous teams gracing this year's tournament.

Join us on this journey as we dish out the inside scoop on each squad's strengths, weaknesses, players to keep an eye on and what a pass mark might be for each nation.

Next up, we have Switzerland...

FIFA Women's World Cup appearances: 1 (2015)

Best Performance in a FIFA Women's World Cup: Round of 16 (2015)

Players to watch

Barcelona star, Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic is an experienced winger who has played for Switzerland since 2009. The nation's record goal scorer for international football, if she can hit her stride at this tournament, Switzerland could turn a few heads.

While only young, midfielder Geraldine Reuteler has been in good form for club side Eintracht Frankfurt this season, scoring six goals and contributing four assists in her 18 appearances this season.

Current captain of the Swiss national team, Lia Wälti is an elite defensive midfielder. Having recently signed a new deal with club side Arsenal, she may just be ready to make a huge impact for her country in Australia and New Zealand around July and August.

2023 form

La Nati have played four matches this calendar year and have, worryingly, failed to register a victory. Back-to-back fixtures with Poland both resulted in draws, with one finishing 1-1, and the other finishing 0-0. FC Zurich centre back Julia Stierli scored the only goal of the two matches.

Following that match was a dour 0-0 draw with China in front of home fans at the Swissporarena. Things would only get worse at Stadion Letzigrund just five days later when Switzerland succumbed to Iceland 2-1. 

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths: Switzerland's strengths include its strong midfield and clinical finishing. The Swiss have talent in attacking areas and if they can get on the front foot in their group stage fixtures, that will likely give them their best opportunity at qualifying for the knockout phase.

Captain Lia Wälti will have to play at her absolute best, shielding the defence if Switzerland has any chance among finishing in the top two of Group A.

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Weaknesses: Defence. Put simply, Switzerland does not have enough height in its defence. There is also a distinct lack of pace also. If teams manage to get behind the Swiss defence - it could be an early plane ride home for them.

Pass mark

A pass mark for Switzerland would be to reach the Round of 16. The Swiss have the attacking players to perhaps do more than that, but they will need to play to their full potential if they want to reach the quarter-finals or beyond.

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