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|Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA – France 2019|
|Dates||7 June – 7 July|
|Teams||24 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||9 (in 9 host cities)|
|Goals scored||74 (3.08 per match)|
|Attendance||452,433 (18,851 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Alex Morgan (5 goals)|
The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is the eighth ion of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international footballchampionship contested by the women's national teams of the member associations of Fresh International French Arbitrations (FIFA) between 7 June and 7 July 2019. In March 2015, France won the right to host the event; the first time the country is hosting the tournament, and the third time by a European nation. Matches are being played in nine cities across France. The United States enters the competition as defending champions. It is also the first Women's World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.
On 6 March 2014, FIFA announced that bidding had begun for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Member associations interested in hosting the tournament had to submit a declaration of interest by 15 April 2014, and provide the complete set of bidding documents by 31 October 2014. As a principle, FIFA preferred the 2019 Women's World Cup and the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to be hosted by the same member association, but reserved the right to award the hosting of the events separately.
Initially, five countries indicated interest in hosting the events: England, France, Korea Republic, New Zealand and South Africa. However, the number of bidding nations was narrowed down to two in October 2014, when the French Football Federation and Korea Football Association submitted their official bid documents to FIFA. Both The Football Association and New Zealand Football registered expressions of interest by the April 2014 deadline, but in June 2014 it was announced that each would no longer proceed. The South African Football Association registered an expression of interest by the April 2014 deadline; however, it later decided to withdraw prior to the final October deadline. Both Japan Football Association and the Swedish Football Association had also expressed interest in bidding for the 2019 tournament, however Japan chose to focus on the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympics, whilst Sweden decided to focus on European U-17 competitions instead.
On 19 March 2015, France officially won the bid to host the Women's World Cup and the U-20 Women's World Cup. The decision came after a vote by the FIFA Executive Committee. Upon the selection, France became the fourth country to host both men's and women's World Cup, having hosted the men's tournament in 1938 and 1998.
The slot allocation was approved by the FIFA Council on 13–14 October 2016. The slots for each confederation are unchanged from those of the previous tournament except the slot for the hosts has been moved from CONCACAF (Canada) to UEFA (France).
Qualifying matches started on 3 April 2017, and ended on 1 December 2018.
Chile, Jamaica, Scotland, and South Africa made their Women's World Cup debuts, while Italy took part in the event for the first time since 1999 and Argentina took part for the first time since 2007. Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden, and the United States qualified for their eighth World Cup, continuing their streak of qualifying for every World Cup held so far.
Twelve cities were candidates. The final 9 stadiums were chosen on 14 June 2017; Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes, Stade Marcel-Picot in Nancy, and Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps in Auxerre were cut.
|Parc Olympique Lyonnais
(Stade de Lyon)
|Parc des Princes||Allianz Riviera
(Stade de Nice)
|Stade de la Mosson|
|Capacity: 59,186||Capacity: 48,583||Capacity: 35,624||Capacity: 32,900|
|Stade Océane||Stade du Hainaut||Stade Auguste-Delaune||Stade des Alpes|
|Capacity: 25,178||Capacity: 25,172||Capacity: 21,127||Capacity: 20,068|
|List of officials|
On 15 March 2019, the FIFA Council approved the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time in a FIFA Women's World Cup tournament. The technology was previously deployed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The fifteen VAR officials were announced by FIFA on 2 May 2019.
The draw for the final tournament was held on 8 December 2018, 18:00 CET (UTC+1), at the La Seine Musicale on the island of Île Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt. The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four teams.
The 24 teams were allocated to four pots based on the FIFA Women's World Rankings released on 7 December 2018, with hosts France automatically placed in Pot 1 and position A1 in the draw. Teams from Pot 1 were drawn first and assigned to Position 1. This was followed by Pot 2, Pot 3, and finally Pot 4, with each of these teams also drawn to one of the positions 2–4 within their group. No group could contain more than one team from each confederation apart from UEFA, which have nine teams, where three groups had to contain two UEFA teams.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
Each team has to provide to FIFA a preliminary squad of between 23 and 50 players by 26 April 2019, which shall not be published. From the preliminary squad, each team has to name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by 24 May 2019. Players in the final squad can be replaced by a player from the preliminary squad due to serious injury or illness up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match.
The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16.
The ranking of teams in the group stage is determined as follows:
|1||France (H, A)||2||2||0||0||6||1||+5||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Nigeria||2||1||0||1||2||3||−1||3||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|South Korea||Match 26||Norway|
|1||Germany (A)||2||2||0||0||2||0||+2||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||China PR||2||1||0||1||1||1||0||3||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|4||South Africa (Y)||2||0||0||2||1||4||−3||0|
|South Africa||0–1||China PR|
|1||Italy (A)||2||2||0||0||7||1||+6||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Australia||2||1||0||1||4||4||0||3||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||England (A)||2||2||0||0||3||1||+2||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Argentina||2||0||1||1||0||1||−1||1||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||Netherlands (A)||2||2||0||0||4||1||+3||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Cameroon (Y)||2||0||0||2||1||4||−3||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|4||New Zealand (Y)||2||0||0||2||0||3||−3||0|
|1||United States (A)||2||2||0||0||16||0||+16||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Chile (Y)||2||0||0||2||0||5||−5||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
The four best third-placed teams from the six groups advance to the knockout stage along with the six group winners and six runners-up.
|1||C||Australia||2||1||0||1||4||4||0||3||Advance to knockout stage|
In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of 90 minutes of normal playing time, extra time will be played (two periods of 15 minutes each), where each team is allowed to make a fourth substitution. If still tied after extra time, the match will be decided by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.
In the round of 16, the four third-placed teams will be matched with the winners of groups A, B, C, and D. The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualified for the round of 16:
qualify from groups
|Round of 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|22 June – Nice|
|Runners-up Group A|
|27 June – Le Havre|
|Runners-up Group C|
|Winners Match 37|
|23 June – Valenciennes|
|Winners Match 39|
|Winners Group D|
|2 July – Décines-Charpieu|
|3rd Group B / E / F|
|Winners Match 45|
|23 June – Le Havre|
|Winners Match 46|
|Winners Group A|
|28 June – Paris|
|3rd Group C / D / E|
|Winners Match 40|
|24 June – Reims|
|Winners Match 41|
|Runners-up Group B|
|7 July – Décines-Charpieu|
|Winners Group F|
|Winners Match 49|
|25 June – Montpellier|
|Winners Match 50|
|Winners Group C|
|29 June – Valenciennes|
|3rd Group A / B / F|
|Winners Match 43|
|25 June – Rennes|
|Winners Match 44|
|Winners Group E|
|3 July – Décines-Charpieu|
|Runners-up Group D|
|Winners Match 47|
|22 June – Grenoble|
|Winners Match 48||Third place play-off|
|Winners Group B|
|29 June – Rennes||6 July – Nice|
|3rd Group A / C / D|
|Winners Match 38||Losers Match 49|
|24 June – Paris|
|Winners Match 42||Losers Match 50|
|Runners-up Group F|
|Runners-up Group E|
There have been 74 goals scored in 24 matches, for an average of 3.08 goals per match.
1 own goal
A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:
The following suspensions are being served during the tournament:
|Anouk Dekker||in qualifying vs Switzerland (13 November 2018)||Group E vs New Zealand (matchday 1; 11 June)|
|Nothando Vilakazi||in Group B vs Spain (matchday 1; 8 June)||Group B vs China PR (matchday 2; 13 June)|
|Formiga|| in Group C vs Jamaica (matchday 1; 9 June)
in Group C vs Australia (matchday 2; 13 June)
|Group C vs Italy (matchday 3; 18 June)|
|Taneekarn Dangda|| in Group F vs United States (matchday 1; 11 June)
in Group F vs Sweden (matchday 2; 16 June)
|Group F vs Chile (matchday 3; 20 June)|
The emblem and slogan were launched on 19 September 2017 at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris. The emblem mimics the shape of the World Cup trophy and features a stylised football surrounded by eight decorative shards of light, symbolising the eighth ion of the Women’s World Cup. It alludes to several French cultural icons:
FIFA and the local organising committee sold tickets for the Women's World Cup beginning with a pre-sale of individual tickets in December 2018, single-city ticket packages in late 2018, and single-ticket sales for the general public beginning on 7 March 2019. The online platform, hosted by AP2S, permitted fans to print their tickets beginning on 20 May 2019, which included seating assignments that had separated ticketholders who had purchased their tickets as a group or family. FIFA responded to online complaints by referring to a warning in the online system that had reminded purchasers that its tickets would not be guaranteed in the same areas, inciting further outrage, but allowed families with underage children to have adjacent seating.
The official mascot, "ettie", was unveiled on 12 May 2018 at the TF1 Group headquarters, and was broadcast on LCI. She made her first public appearance in Paris in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower. FIFA describe her as "a young chicken with a passion for life and football" and state that "she comes from a long line of feathered mascots, and is the daughter of Footix, the Official Mascot of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France".
The World Cup will be used by UEFA to qualify three teams for the 2020 Summer Olympic women's football tournament in Japan. If teams in contention for the Olympic spots are eliminated in the same round, ties are not broken by their overall tournament record, and play-offs or a mini-tournament to decide the spots will be held if necessary in early 2020.
For the first time, as per the agreement between the four British football associations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), Great Britain will attempt to qualify for the Olympics through England's performance in the World Cup (a procedure already successfully employed by Team GB in field hockey and rugby sevens). Scotland also qualified for the World Cup but, under the agreement whereby the highest ranked home nation is nominated to compete for the purposes of Olympic qualification, their performance will not be taken into account. In effect, therefore, eight European teams will be competing for three qualification places.
|Team||Qualified on||Previous appearances in Summer Olympics1|
The fact that the final is scheduled for July 7, has caused several critics around the world, as it coincides with the final of the two continental men´s tournaments, the Copa América in Rio de Janeiro and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Chicago—will be held on the same date. However, due to time zone differences, the Women's World Cup final will be held first.