Women’s World Cup: Everything you need to know

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Women's World Cup

Twenty-four teams are set to compete across nine cities to make it to the final on 7th July

Key Dates

The Women’s World Cup kicks off on 7th June as France host South Korea. 

England and Scotland will go head-to-head in their opening group match on 9th June.

The final match will be played on 7th July.

Venues

The competition will be hosted in nine cities and played in nine different venues, with the opening match taking place at the Parc des Princes – home of PSG.

Opening match: France vs South Korea on 7th June

  • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
  • Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
  • Roazhon Park, Rennes
  • Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
  • Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
  • Allianz Riviera, Nice
  • Stade Oceane, Le Havre
  • Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon

Seven of the venues will host at least three group games. The semi-finals and final will be held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, also known as Groupama Stadium, which is France’s largest-capacity venue and can hold up to 59,186 fans.

Women’s World Cup Ball

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The name of official match ball of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France is Context19.

The visual design of Adidas’ Conext19 ball is based on the Adidas Telstar 18 model, featuring a white background with a design that shows the earth from the sky, blue/green colours of nature and fiery red continents.

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No.1 United States are the defending champions and will be seeking a fourth title this year.

Germany were knocked out of the semi-finals in 2015, and in the quarter-finals of the European Championship in 2017, but they remain to be a threat at No.2 in the world.

England ranked third in the world are among the favourites to win. They beat Japan and Brazil in America earlier this year, and also drew with the US but suffered a disappointing defeat to Canada in a friendly last month. 

The hosts France have never made it past the semi-finals of the World Cup and have only reached the last eight in the European Championship. However, they are currently ranked fourth in the world and are hoping to replicate the success of the men’s team who won the World Cup in Russia last year.

No.7 Japan were World Cup winners in 2011 and runners-up in 2015, while European champions The Netherlands could also pose a challenge for the title.

Dark Horses

Sweden, Canada and Australia. It will be intriguing to see how Australia – and their star player Sam Kerr – do in the wake of Alen Stajcic’s sacking as coach and replacement with Ante Milicic.

Players To Look Out For

Sam Kerr (Australia), Kim Little (Scotland), Lucy Bronze (England), Alex Morgan (US), Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands) Wendie Renard (France), Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada), Mana Iwabuchi (Japan), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany), Wang Shuang (China), Patri Guijarro (Spain), Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)

Top Players

Marta
An icon and role model for many, Marta is widely regarded as the best female soccer player of all time. (source: fupriposto)

Find a list of top players here.

Referees 

The 27 referees and 48 assistants attended an extended winter training camp in Doha, Qatar, where leading officials, including Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus, were put through their paces and fully briefed on VAR deployment.

 

 

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