Just a year after the 2018 edition of the men’s World Cup final in Russia, the Women’s World Cup 2019 is in full swing, having started on June 7, 2019 and ending on July 7, 2019 .
Taking place in France – the first time the country has hosted the tournament and the third time Europe will have done so – this summer’s competition sees 24 countries compete for the highest football honour.
Defending champions, the U.S. women’s national team are still a strong side and will no doubt be aiming to lift a record fourth World Cup, just a year after the U.S. men’s national team were unable to even qualify for the World Cup in Russia.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of this summer’s competition.
Where is the Women’s World Cup 2019 final?
The final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup will be held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais , also know as Groupama Stadium, in Lyon on July 7, 2019. The stadium is France’s largest-capacity venue and will be able to hold 59,186 fans.
The venue is the home of Ligue 1 side Lyon and also hosted the 2018 Europa League final, which was won by Atletico Madrid.
The stadium was freshly built in 2013 to replace Lyon’s former home of Stade de Gerland and also hosted the 2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final – which marked the first time that the event took place outside of Paris.
Lyon’s home ground will be one of nine venues hosting the World Cup matches and will also host semi-final fixtures in addition to the final.
It will also be one of the venues for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Women’s World Cup 2019 format
This summer’s edition of the Women’s World Cup will feature 24 teams broken into six groups of four teams each.
The winner and runner-up of each group will automatically progress to the round of 16.
The four third-place teams who have accumulated the most points will also advance to the knockout stage.
Group stage fixtures begin the week of June 7, 2019 .
Women’s World Cup 2019 last 16 schedule & results
The fixtures for the last 16 stage were confirmed on June 20, the final day of the group stage.
|Date||Fixture||Time (BST / ET)||Venue|
|Jun 22||Germany 3-0 Nigeria||4:30pm / 11:30am||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble|
|Jun 22||Norway 1-1 Australia (4-1 AET)||8pm / 3pm||Allianz Riviera, Nice|
|Jun 23||England vs Cameroon||4:30pm / 11:30am||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes|
|Jun 23||France vs Brazil||8pm / 3pm||Stade Oceane, Le Havre|
|Jun 24||Spain vs USWNT||5pm / 12pm||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
|Jun 24||Sweden vs Canada||8pm / 3pm||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|Jun 25||Italy vs China PR||5pm / 12pm||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier|
|Jun 25||Netherlands vs Japan||8pm / 3pm||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
World Cup 2019 Group A tables, schedule & results
|1||France (H, Q) 🇫🇷||3||2||0||0||+5||6||Advance to knockouts|
|2||Norway (Q) 🇳🇴||3||2||0||1||+3||3||Advance to knockouts|
|3||Nigeria 🇳🇬 (Q)||3||1||0||1||-1||3||Possible knockouts|
|4||South Korea 🇰🇷 (E)||3||0||0||3||-7||0|
|Jun 7||France 4-0 South Korea||8pm||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|Jun 8||Norway 3-0 Nigeria||2pm||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
|Jun 12||Nigeria 2-0 South Korea||2pm||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble|
|Jun 12||France 2-1 Norway||8pm||Allianz Riviera, Nice|
|Jun 17||Nigeria 0-1 France||8pm||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
|Jun 17||South Korea 1-2 Norway||8pm||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
World Cup 2019 Group B tables, schedule & results
|1||Germany 🇩🇪 (Q)||3||3||0||0||+6||9||Advance to knockouts|
|2||Spain 🇪🇸 (Q)||3||1||1||1||+1||4||Advance to knockouts|
|3||China PR 🇨🇳 (Q)||3||1||1||1||0||4||Possible knockouts|
|4||South Africa 🇿🇦 (E)||3||0||0||3||-7||0|
|Jun 8||Germany 1-0 China PR||2pm||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
|Jun 8||Spain 3-1 South Africa||5pm||Stade Oceane, Le Havre|
|Jun 12||Germany 1-0 Spain||5pm||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes|
|Jun 13||South Africa 0-1 China PR||8pm||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|Jun 17||South Africa 0-4 Germany||5pm||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier|
|Jun 17||China PR 0-0 Spain||5pm||Stade Oceane, Le Havre|
World Cup 2019 Group C tables, schedule & results
|1||Italy 🇮🇹(Q)||3||2||0||1||+5||6||Advance to knockouts|
|2||Australia 🇦🇺(Q)||3||2||0||1||+3||6||Advance to knockouts|
|3||Brazil 🇧🇷(Q)||3||2||0||1||+3||6||Possible knockouts|
|4||Jamaica 🇯🇲 (E)||3||0||0||3||-11||0|
|Jun 9||Australia 1-2 Italy||12pm||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes|
|Jun 9||Brazil 3-0 Jamaica||2:30pm||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble|
|Jun 13||Australia 3-2 Brazil||5pm||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier|
|Jun 14||Jamaica 0-5 Italy||8pm||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
|Jun 18||Jamaica 1-4 Australia||8pm||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble|
|Jun 18||Italy 0-1 Brazil||8pm||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes|
World Cup 2019 Group D tables, schedule & results
|1||England 🏴 (Q)||3||3||0||0||+4||9||Advance to knockouts|
|2||Japan 🇯🇵 (Q)||3||1||1||1||+1||4||Advance to knockouts|
|3||Argentina 🇦🇷 (E)||3||0||2||1||-1||2||Possible knockouts|
|Jun 9||England 2-1 Scotland||5pm||Allianz Riviera, Nice|
|Jun 10||Argentina 0-0 Japan||5pm||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|Jun 14||Japan 2-1 Scotland||2pm||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
|Jun 14||England 1-0 Argentina||8pm||Stade Oceane, Le Havre|
|Jun 19||Japan 0-2 England||8pm||Allianz Riviera, Nice|
|Jun 19||Scotland 3-3 Argentina||8pm||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes|
World Cup 2019 Group E tables, schedule & results
|1||Netherlands 🇳🇱 (Q)||3||3||0||0||+4||9||Advance to knockouts|
|2||Canada 🇨🇦 (Q)||3||2||0||1||+2||6||Advance to knockouts|
|3||Cameroon 🇨🇲 (Q)||3||1||0||2||-2||3||Possible knockouts|
|4||New Zealand 🇳🇿 (E)||3||0||0||3||-4||0|
|Jun 10||Canada 1-0 Cameroon||8pm||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier|
|Jun 11||New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands||2pm||Stade Oceane, Le Havre|
|Jun 15||Netherlands 3-1 Cameroon||5pm||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes|
|Jun 15||Canada 2-0 New Zealand||8pm||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble|
|Jun 20||Netherlands 2-1 Canada||5pm||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
|Jun 20||Cameroon 2-1 New Zealand||5pm||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier|
World Cup 2019 Group F tables, schedule & results
|1||United States 🇺🇸 (Q)||2||2||0||0||+16||6||Advance to knockouts|
|2||Sweden 🇸🇪 (Q)||2||2||0||0||+6||6||Advance to knockouts|
|3||Chile 🇨🇱 (E)||2||0||0||2||-5||0||Possible knockouts|
|Jun 11||Chile 0-2 Sweden||5pm||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
|Jun 11||USWNT 13-0 Thailand||8pm||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
|Jun 16||Sweden 5-1 Thailand||2pm||Allianz Riviera, Nice|
|Jun 16||USWNT 3-0 Chile||5pm||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|Jun 20||Sweden 0-2 USWNT||8pm||Stade Oceane, Le Havre|
|Jun 20||Thailand 0-2 Chile||8pm||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
Women’s World Cup 2019 host cities
In 2019, the Women’s World Cup will be held in 10 different venues across nine different cities in France, who won the right to host the tournament in March 2015. As hosts, France’s national team have automatically qualified for the competition.
Of the 10 venues, seven will stage at least three group stage games. The breakdown of venues and games can be seen in the table below.
|Group stage & Round of 16||Paris||Parc des Princes|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Reims||Stade Auguste-Delaune|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Grenoble||Stade des Alpes|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Rennes||Roazhon Park|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Rennes||Roazhon Park|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Valenciennes||Stade du Hainaut|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Montpellier||Stade de la Mosson|
|Group stage & Round of 16 & third place||Nice||Allianz Riviera|
|Group stage & Round of 16 & Quarter-final||Le Havre||Stade Oceane|
|Semi-finals & Final||Lyon||Parc Olympique Lyonnais|
Women’s World Cup 2019 tickets
Packages for the general public were on sale from October 19 2018 to March 7 2019, allowing fans to attend multiple matches in a single city.
Individual tickets for World Cup matches have been on sale from March 7, 2019 and will remain available until the end of the competition, or until supplies are sold out.
Tickets are available for purchase directly from the official Women’s World Cup 2019 website with fans being able to choose between games sorted by team, city, or price range.
Single match tickets for group stage games are separated by four categories. Opening match games are priced at €13 for Category 4, €24 for Category 3, €35 for Category 2 and €49 for Category 1.
For knockout matches, individual tickets are priced at €13 for Category 4, €24 for Category 3, €35 for Category 2 and €49 for Category 1. Quarter-final tickets are availble for €57 for Category 1, €40 for Category 2, €30 for Category 3 and €15 for Category 4.
Full information on ticket sales for the Women’s World Cup is available on FIFA.com .
Who are the favourites to win the Women’s World Cup 2019?
Defending champions United States are expected to go far in France once again, having won the competition three times.
Experienced stars such as Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath are expected to guide the team to a potential fourth World Cup win. There will be an opportunity to introduce younger talent into the side as the country will look to prepare for the future following Hope Solo’s retirement and what could be Carli Lloyd’s final international tournament as she turns 37 two days after the 2019 final.
Meanwhile, Les Bleues will be expected to pick up on the momentum left behind by the men’s French team, with the host nation eyeing the highest honour in football by winning the tournament on home turf.
The French team’s best finish on the world stage was fourth place in the 2011 edition and the side have never progressed past the quarter-final stage of the European Championships.
Germany won gold in the 2016 Rio Oympics but tasted to defeat to the United States in the 2015 semi-finals. They will be looking to bounce back after crashing out of the 2017 Euros in the quarter-finals, despite struggling in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup after losing to France and the U.S.
Japan are one of the most consistent sides in football and were World Cup winners in 2011 and runners-up in 2015. They will be eager to seek revenge on the USWNT, with the two sides having met in the last two finals.
England are arguably a strong contender to go far in France in 2019. Despite going out of the 2015 tournament through a devastating last-minute own goal in the semis the side were still able to finish third after beating Germany.
Barcelona and Netherlands star Lieke Martens is expected to push her nation far in the World Cup, though Norway starlet and Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg is not featuring for her country this summer.
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