2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™

This summer, it’s all about the women. Twenty-four teams will play out 52 games for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, and with the women’s game stronger than ever, France 2019 promises to be the most exciting and competitive tournament to date. More

Will the United States succeed in their mission to repeat and win a record fourth title? Will old foes Japan, Brazil and Germany bounce back, or emerging powers like England, Canada or Australia mount a challenge? And then there are the hosts. Can the highly skilled Les Bleues match the men’s run in 2018 and claim their first women’s title?

The hunt for the most important trophy in women’s soccer begins on June 7 and culminates with the final in Lyon on July 7. All games will be live on FOX Sports and the FOX Sports App.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™

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Friday, June 7, 2019 at 3:00p ET



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THE GROUPS

The 24 qualified teams were drawn into six groups of four at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Draw, the biggest tentpole event ahead of the tournament. When the games begin in June, each team will play their three group opponents once, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout stage.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Group Stage
Round of 16
Quarter Finals
Semi-Finals
3rd Place / Final
Semi-Finals
Quarter Finals
Round of 16
Group Stage
Group A
1 A Winner
2 A Runner-Up
3 A
4 A
Group C
1 C Winner
2 C Runner-Up
3 C
4 C
Group E
1 E Winner
2 E Runner-Up
3 E
4 E
2 A
vs
2 C
1 D
vs
3 B E F
1 B
vs
3 A C D
2 F
vs
2 E
Quarter-Final 1
Quarter-Final 2
Semi-Final 1
3rd Place
Semi-Final 2
Quarter-Final 3
Quarter-Final 4
1 E
vs
2 D
1 C
vs
3 A B F
2 B
vs
1 F
1 A
vs
3 C D E
Group B
1 B Winner
2 B Runner-Up
3 B
4 B
Group D
D 1 Winner
D 2 Runner-Up
D 3
D 4
Group F
1 F Winner
2 F Runner-Up
3 F
4 F

GAMES TO WATCH

6/20 – 3:00P ET

USA vs SWEDEN

For the 5th consecutive World Cup, the USWNT will face old foe Sweden in group play, with the top spot in Group F likely on the line. The Americans have a slight edge in the most-played fixture in Womens World Cup history, winning three out of five, though the most recent encounter was a 0-0 draw in 2015.

6/09 – 12:00P ET

ENGLAND vs SCOTLAND

England’s 2015 semifinal rematch vs Japan will likely decide Group D, but its most intriguing match is undoubtedly the tilt against neighbors Scotland. The longtime football rivals on the men’s side will meet for the first time in a women’s tournament, and you can bet Scotland will give the popular World Cup dark horse pick all it can handle.

6/13 – 12:00P ET

Australia vs Brazil

Australia celebrated their first-ever World Cup knockout stage win four years ago against Brazil, and a victory on Matchday 2 would make it five straight victories against the South American giants. That’s a tall order, especially in what could be 6-time Women’s Player of the Year Marta’s World Cup swan song. But the Matildas have developed into one of the world’s best teams, and a win here would likely clinch Group C and galvanize Sam Kerr & Co. for a deep run.

WHO TO FOLLOW

THE PLAYERS

THE PLAYERS

Megan Rapinoe (USA)

The USWNT roster will look very different from the one that won it all in 2015, but the Americans’ quest to repeat could still hinge on the play of Rapinoe, who at 33 remains the team’s creative hub and most reliable winger. Written off by some after tearing her ACL in late 2015, Rapinoe has established herself again as not only a key player on the national team, but one of the world’s best, even finishing 4th for the 2018’s Best FIFA .Women’s Player award.

Sam Kerr (Australia)

With reigning Women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg in international retirement and UEFA Player of the Year Pernille Harder missing out on the World Cup with Denmark, Australia’s Sam Kerr has a good case to be the best player in France this summer. Kerr scored 29 goals for club and country in 2018, including an NWSL-best 16 goals for the Chicago Red Stars this season, and now the 25-year-old is keen to lead her Matildas to a best-ever finish on the world stage.

Marta (Brazil)

Marta has six World Player of the Year awards to her name and 12 (twelve!) finishes in the Top 3, and while her 2018 win at the Best FIFA Awards was met with widespread criticism, her status as one of the world’s two or three greatest women’s players of all time is indisputable. If this is to be Marta’s World Cup swan song and final chance at glory with Brazil – she will be 33 at the start of the tournament – you won’t want to miss a single minute that she’s on the field.

 
USWNT ONE NATION. ONE TEAM.

The U.S. women’s national team qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by winning the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. The top three finishers in CONCACAF’s official World Cup qualifying tournament advanced to France, and the USWNT sealed its place with a decisive 6-0 victory over Jamaica in the semifinals. The USWNT has never failed to reach a FIFA Women’s World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1991.

QUALIFIER GAMES
10/4 Group Stage vs. Mexico Win (6-0)
10/7 Group Stage vs. Panama Win (5-0)
10/10 Group Stage vs. Trinidad & Tobago Win (7-0)
10/14 Semifinal vs. Jamaica Win (6-0)
10/17 Final vs. Canada Win (2-0)
QUALIFIERS STANDINGS
# Teams GP W D L PTS
1 United States 3 3 0 0 9
2 Panama 3 2 0 1 6
3 Mexico 3 1 0 2 3
4 Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 0 3 0

WORLD CUP VENUES

Stade de la Mosson

Inaugurated in 1972, the Stade de la Mosson has been MHSC's home ground since 1974. It has been redeveloped twice, first in 1988 and then again in 1997 in preparation for the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™, at which it hosted several matches. Les Bleus have contested a number of friendlies at the stadium, while the French women's national team have appeared there twice: in 1995, when they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Netherlands, and in 2004, when they cruised past Scotland 6-3 at the now 27,310-capacity arena.

Stade de Nice

First opened in 2013 after two years of construction, the Allianz Riviera will hold 36,178 spectators during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™. The stadium is located in the neighbourhood of Saint-Isidore and is home to OGC Nice, who left their old Stade du Ray ground to take up residence. It passed its first major test as the venue for several games at UEFA EURO 2016.

Stade du Hainaut

Home to VAFC, the Stade du Hainaut will hold 25,172 spectators during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™, having opened in 2011 after three years of work. Built to replace the Stade Nungesser, located just a few hundred metres away, the ground was the backdrop to a 3-2 victory for France’s men’s team against Iceland in 2012, while the women’s side contested a friendly there in 2013 before returning for a UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 qualifier in 2016.

Parc des Princes

Situated in the south-west of Paris, the Parc des Princes is the fifth-largest stadium in France and one of its oldest too, having first opened in 1897. The current stadium dates to 1972 and has been refurbished twice since, firstly for the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™ and then for UEFA EURO 2016. Stade de France in 1998, the 48,583-capacity Parc des Princes has provided the venue for two EURO finals (in 1960 and 1984) and six finals in Europe’s various club competitions. It also hosted matches at the 1938 and 1998 World Cup finals and at EURO 2016.

Stade de Lyon

Stade de Lyon, also known as the Stade des Lumieres, is located in the eastern suburb of Decines-Charpieu. The ground belongs to resident club Lyon and opened its doors in 2016 after four years of construction work. Venue for six matches at UEFA EURO 2016 and capable of welcoming 58,215 spectators, it is the third largest stadium in France in terms of capacity and one of the most modern.

Stade Auguste-Delaune

Renamed the Stade Auguste-Delaune after the Second World War, it underwent redevelopment for the first time in 1955, in response to the success of its resident club, Stade Reims, before being revamped again in 2008. Up to 19,465 spectators will be able to pack into the historic arena during games at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. The ground has been graced once by the French women’s national team, when Les Bleues defeated Norway 1-0 in a friendly there back in June 2013.

Stade Oceane

Built on the site of an old rail yard, the Stade Oceane is a relatively new landmark in town after opening its doors in 2012 following two years of construction work. Set to hold 25,278 spectators during the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, the ground is home to HAC, who took up residence after leaving the Stade Jules-Deschaseaux, while it also hosts concerts and other shows. It is no stranger to international action either, with France’s men’s team drawing 0-0 with Uruguay at the stadium in 2012, before Les Bleues defeated Brazil 2-1 in a 2015 women’s friendly.

Stade des Alpes

Located in the centre of Grenoble close to Paul-Mistral Park, the 20,068-capacity Stade des Alpes was built on the site of the Stade Charles-Berty, which was demolished in 2003. The stadium has been home to GF38 since it opened in February 2008 and now plays host to rugby side FC Grenoble Rugby as well, while also having welcomed international football. France’s men’s team overcame Ecuador 2-0 at the Stade des Alpes in a warm-up game ahead of UEFA EURO 2008, and the women’s side appeared there for the first time in 2016, during a tour of candidate cities for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ 2019. That same year, the French Women’s Cup final was held at the ground.

Roazhon Park

Rennes play their home matches at Roazhon Park, which became the new name for Stade de la Route de Lorient in 2015 “Roazhon” means “Rennes” in Breton). Built in 1912, the stadium has been renovated several times over the years, most recently in 2004. Its capacity for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ matches has been set at 29,820. France’s men’s team has played friendlies there twice, in 2004 and 2014, while Les Bleues have appeared there three times, in 1998 against Spain (3-2), in 2006 versus England (1-1), and in 2016 against Greece (1-0).

HISTORY

CHAMPIONS

Year Winner Runner-Up Host
1995 Norway Germany Sweden
1999 United States China United States
2003 Germany Sweden United States
2007 Germany Brazil China
2011 Japan United States Germany
2015 United States Japan Canada

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AWARDS

Year Golden Ball Golden Boot Goals
1995 H. Rilse A. Aarønes 6
1999 S. Wen S. Wen, Sissi 7
2003 B. Prinz B. Prinz 7
2007 Martha Martha 7
2011 H. Sawa H. Sawa 5
2015 C. Lloyd C. Šašić 6

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QUALIFICATION

France, as hosts, were the only nation that qualified automatically for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. All other FIFA member associations were eligible to enter the qualification process.

CONCACAF — North, Central America & Caribbean

35 Teams

The top three teams will qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, while the fourth-placed side will play-off against Argentina.

AFC — Asia

45 Teams

The 2018 AFC Asian Women’s Cup took place in Jordan, where China PR, Thailand, Australia and Japan reached the semi-finals and sealed their spots at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

CONMEBOL — South America

10 Teams

The Copa America Femenina 2018 was held between 4-22 April in Chile. Brazil and Chile finished top-two to qualify for France 2019, while third-placed Argentina will meet the fourth-placed CONCACAF side in a play-off late in November 2018.

CAF — Africa

53 Teams

The 2018 CAF African Women’s Cup of Nations will take place between 17 November and 1 December in Ghana. The winner, runner-up and third-place side will qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

OFC — Oceania

11 Teams

Hosts Fiji advanced from the preliminary round (25-31 August) to join the eight-nation field for the OFC Women’s Nations Cup, which will be held from 18 November to 1 December 2018 in New Caledonia. The winner will qualify for France 2019.

UEFA – Europe

54 Teams

Italy, Spain, England, Germany, Norway, Scotland and Sweden qualified as group winners to join hosts France. Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland will play-off over two-legged semi-finals and final to determine the eighth qualifier.

THE DRAW

The group stage draw for the final tournament took place in Paris on December 8, 2018. The 24 qualified teams were drawn into six groups of four, with the teams’ seeding for the draw determined by the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings. Like at the men’s World Cup, no group can contain more than one team from each confederation except for UEFA, which has nine qualified teams and can have up to two in each group.

No group can contain more than 1 country per confederation, except for UEFA (Europe), which can have up to two teams in the same group (i.e. Brazil cannot be drawn with Colombia).