The Women’s World Cup lands this Friday, beginning with the opening ceremony and the Group A clash between hosts France and Korea.

RTÉ and TG4 will share coverage throughout the duration of the tournament with all games, for the first time, free-to-air for Irish viewers. A feast of football lies before us as the finest female players on the planet strut their stuff on the biggest stage.

There is of course one glaring omission. Norway's Ada Hegerberg, the current World Player of the Year, hasn't played international football in two years, stepping away in protest at the infrastructure and support for the women's game in her native country. Her brilliance will be missed but there remains talent in abundance at the showpiece event.

We've picked out six to keep an eye on over the next few weeks. 

Eugénie Le Sommer (France)

No country has ever simultaneously held the men's and women's World Cup titles but France could break the mould should they go all the way on home soil.

To do it they’ll need lethal striker Le Sommer firing on all cylinders. She comes into the tournament after another fine campaign with the seemingly untouchable Lyon.

Two-footed (watch a compilation of her goals and you’ll be genuinely hard-pressed to say if she’s better on her right or her left) mobile, strong and intelligent, Le Sommer oozes class. Expect a major impact.

Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany) 

Another member of the all-conquering Lyon team who won their fourth Champions League on the bounce last month, Marozan has had a year of highs and lows.

Last summer she was diagnosed with having a blocked blood vessel in her lung but she recovered to help her country make the finals in France, while Lyon conquered Europe and lifted their own domestic crown. 

A midfielder of technical excellence capable of both scoring and creating goals, Marozsan is the brains of the German engine room.

Sam Kerr (Australia)

A player to get bums off seats, 25-year-old Kerr has, incredibly, been on the international scene for a decade having made her debut for the Matildas aged 15. Kerr already has two World Cups under her belt and has yet to score at the tournament so expect her to put that right this month.

Housed in a tough-looking Group C alongside Brazil, Italy and Jamaica, Australia will need their star to shine, but Kerr is at the peak of her powers right now.  Another barren World Cup is unlikely.

Marta (Brazil)

Nobody has scored more goals at the Women's World Cup than Marta, crowned the FIFA Player of the Year for a sixth time in 2018.

Now 33, this could be her final chance to add to the 15 she's bagged at the tournament over the years and she is determined to do everything in her power to fire the Selecao all the way, declaring this week: "This is a World Cup and everything can happen. It will be all decided in details."

Unbelievably skilful with a wand of a left foot, Marta remains a joy to watch.

Steph Houghton (England)

Every team needs a Steph Houghton. An organiser who leads from the back, she's brave as a lion. She plays her club football with Megan Campbell at Manchester City, winners of the FA Cup this year thanks to a 3-0 defeat of West Ham.

Married to former Liverpool defender Stephen Darby, who retired a year ago aged 29 after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease, boss Phil Neville has described Houghton as "a brilliant player but an even better person".

She won her 100th international cap last autumn against Sweden and will be rock upon which their hopes are built as the English aim to, at the very least, emerge from of a group made up of Scotland, Argentina and Japan.

Vivianne Miedema (the Netherlands)

Miedema comes into the tournament off the back of winning the Women's Super League alongside Katie McCabe and Louise Quinn at Arsenal, scooping the PFA Player of the Year award after a staggering 22 goals and ten assists in just 19 games.

She won two league crowns with Bayern Munich before moving to the Gunners and is incredibly prolific for her country (54 goals in 74 games).

The Dutch will expect to be in the shake-up; should they go all the way, the languid, classy Miedema is likely to play a major role. 

RTÉ and TG4 will share coverage throughout the duration of the Women's World Cup. Watch Norway v Nigeria live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player this Saturday, 8pm