2019 Women’s World Cup | Teams, fixtures, dates

2019 Women’s World Cup | Teams, fixtures, dates

The 2019 Women’s World Cup pits together 24 women’s national teams of the member associations of the Federation Internationale de Football Association. The showpiece tournament in France starts on June 7 and finished on July 7. France will host the tournament for the first time in the history of the World Cup finals, with games being planned for nine cities across France. The tournament hosts take on Korea Republic at Parc des Princes in the opening game of the tournament, whilst Groupama Stadium in Lyon will host the title game.

Host Nation

France were among five countries which indicated interest in hosting the 2019 Women’s World Cup finals. The likes of England, Korea Republic, New Zealand and South Africa were determined to host the major tournament and in October 2014 the list was cut to two. France and South Korea were the countries which made official bids for hosting the 2019 World Cup, with the nations submitting their documents before October 31, 2014.

Nonetheless, France eventually won the bid to host both U-20 Women’s World Cup and Women’s World Cup. As a result, France became the fourth country to host both women’s and men’s World Cup finals. The Western Europe country hosted Men’s World Cup finals on two occasions (1938, 1998).

Qualifiers

Slot allocation for the 2019 Women’s World Cup finals was approved on 13-14 October, 2016, with the slots for each football confederation being unchanged from those of the 2015 tournament. There was only one exception as slot for the host nation has been moved from CONCACAF (Canada) to UEFA (France).

AFC (Asia): 5 slots

CAF (Africa): 3 slots

CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean): 3 slots

CONMEBOL (South America): 2 slots

OFC (Oceania): 1 slot

UEFA (Europa): 8 slots

Tournament hosts: 1 slot

CONCACAF-CONMEBOL play-offs: 1 slot

2019 Women’s World Cup finals started on April 3, 2017 and ended on December 1, 2018.

Qualified nations

A total of 24 teams will participate at the upcoming tournament in France. Rankings are shown in parenthesis.

AFC: Australia (6), China PR (16), Japan (7), South Korea (14), Thailand (34)

CAF: Cameroon (46), Nigeria (38), South Africa

CONCACAF: Canada (5), Jamaica (53), USA (1)

CONMEBOL: Argentina (37), Brazil (10), Chile (39)

OFC: New Zealand (19)

UEFA: England (3), France (hosts) (4), Germany (2), Italy (15), Netherlands (8), Norway (12), Scotland (20), Spain (13), Sweden (9)

The likes of Jamaica, Scotland and South Africa qualified for the Women’s World Cup finals for the first time ever, whereas Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden and USA will participate at the World Cup for the eighth time.

Cities and Venues

A number of modern stadiums were reconstructed for the 2018 Men’s World Cup finals in France and those venues will be used for the upcoming tournament for women. Twelve cities were candidates to host the 2019 Women’s World Cup games, with 9 stadiums eventually being chosen. The likes of Stade Marcel-Picot, Stade de la Beaujoire and Stade de l’Abbe-Deschamps were cut from the list.

2019 World Cup games will be played on 9 stadiums in France:

Groupama Stadium, Lyon

Groupama Stadium is the home of French side Olympique Lyon. The venue was opened on January 9, 2012, with the capacity of 59,186.

Parc des Princes, Paris (48,583)

Parc des Princes is one of the most beautiful stadiums of Paris. PSG’s home ground can hold up to 48,583 spectators and it was opened on June 4, 1972.

Allianz Riviera, Nice

Opened in September, 2013, Allianz Riviera is the home of Ligue 1 side Nice. The capacity of the venue is 35, 624, but it can hold up to 44,624 people during the concerts.

Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier

Formerly a 16,000-seater stadium, Stade de la Mosson has a capacity of 32,900 nowadays. Ligue 1 side Montpellier welcome their rivals at the venue which was opened back in January, 1972.

Roazhon Park, Rennes

Roazhon Park was opened back in 1912 under the name of Stade de la Route de Lorient. Nowadays the venue is the home ground of Ligue 1 side Rennes, with the capacity of 29,164.

Stade Oceane, Le Havre

Stade Oceane is one of the newest stadiums in France. The venue was opened on July 12, 2012 and it has the capacity of 25,178. Ligue 2 side Le Havre play their home games at Stade Oceane.

Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes

Stade du Hainaut is a multi-use venue in Valenciennes. The stadium was opened on July 26, 2011, with the capacity of 25,172. The stadium can hold up to 40,000 spectators during the concerts.

Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims

Stade Auguste-Delaune is the home ground of Ligue 1 team Reims. The capacity of the stadium is 21, 127 and the construction cost €60 million. Stade Auguste-Delaune was opened on June 2, 1935.

Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

Opened on February 15, 2008, Stade des Alpes is one of most beautiful stadiums in France. Grenoble welcome their rivals at Stade des Alpes, the venue which can hold up to 20,068 fans.

Some of these stadiums were used the 2016 Men’s European Championship: Parc Olympique in Lyon, Allianz Riviera in Nice, and Parc des Princes in Paris. PSG’s home ground hosted games at both 1998 and 1938 Men’s World Cup. Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier was used at the 1998 tournament.

As previously mentioned, the opening game of the 2019 Women’s World Cup will be played at Parc des Princes in Paris, whilst both semi-finals and final of the tournament will be hosted by Groupama Stadium in Lyon.

Officials

27 referees and 48 assistant referees were elected for the 2019 World Cup finals. VAR technology will be used for the first time in the history of the World Cup.

Referees/Support Referees

Kate Jacewicz (Australia)

Qin Liang (China)

Casey Reibelt (Australia)

Ri Hyang-ok (North Korea)

Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)

Lidya Tafesse Abebe (Ethiopia)

Gladys Lengwe (Zambia)

Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)

Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (Canada)

Melissa Borjas (Honduras)

Carol Chenard (Canada)

Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)

Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

Edina Alves Batista (Brazil)

Maria Carvajal (Chile)

Laura Fortunato (Argentina)

Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay)

Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)

Jana Adamkova (Czech Republic)

Sandra Braz (Portugal)

Stephanie Frappart (France)

Riem Hussein (Germany)

Katalin Kulcsar (Hungary)

Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)

Pustovoitova (Russia)

Esther Staubli (Switzerland)

Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)

Assistant referees

Makoto Bozono (Japan)

Fang Yan (China)

Maiko Hagio (Japan)

Hong Kum-nyo (North Korea)

Kim Kyoung-min (South Korea)

Lee Seul-gi (South Korea)

Naomi Teshirogi (Japan)

Bernadettar Kwimbira (Malawi)

Mary Njoroge (Kenya)

Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (Madagascar)

Queency Victoire (Mauritius)

Chantal Boudreau (Canada)

Princess Brown (Jamaica)

Enedina Caudillo (Mexico)

Mayte Chavez (Mexico)

Felisha Mariscal (USA)

Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)

Shirley Perello (Honduras)

Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (Jamaica)

Monica Amboya (Ecuador)

Neuza Back (Brazil)

Mary Blanco (Colombia)

Mariana De Almeida (Argentina)

Luciana Mascarana (Uruguay)

Tatiane Sacilotti (Brazil)

Loreto Toloza (Chile)

Leslie Vasquez (Chile)

Sarah Jones (New Zealand)

Maria Salamasina (Samoa)

Oleksandra Ardasheva (Ukraine)

Kylie Cockburn (Scotland)

Petruța Iugulescu (Romania)

Chrysoula Kourompylia (Greece)

Susanne Kung (Switzerland)

Ekaterina Kurochkina (Russia)

Julia Magnusson (Sweden)

Sian Massey (England)

Manuela Nicolosi (France)

Michelle O’Neill (Republic of Ireland)

Katrin Rafalski (Germany)

Lisa Rashid (England)

Lucie Ratajova (Czech Republic)

Sanja Rođak-Karsic (Croatia)

Maryna Striletska (Ukraine)

Maria Sukenikova (Slovakia)

Mihaela Tepusa (Romania)

Katalin Torok (Hungary)

Draw

La Seine Musicale (Boulogne-Billancourt) hosted the draw for the 2019 Women’s World Cup finals. 24 nations were drawn into six groups of four teams.

Pot 1: France, USA, Germany, England, Canada, Australia

Pot 2: Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Brazil, Spain, Norway

Pot 3: South Korea, China, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, Thailand

Pot 4: Argentina, Chile, Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Jamaica

After the draw host France were grouped with South Korea, Norway and Nigeria (Group A), whilst Germany will face the likes of China, Spain and South Africa in Group B.

The likes of Italy, Australia, Brazil and Jamaica will competed in Group C, whereas England have been grouped with the likes of Scotland, Argentina and Japan (Group D).

2015 World Cup hosts Canada will take on Cameroon, New Zealand and Netherlands in Group E. Fellow CONCACAF side USA have been grouped with the likes of Thailand, Chile and Sweden (Group F).

Top two teams from each group will book their place in the last 16 of the World Cup, with four best third-placed sides advancing to the knockout stages as well.

Ranking of the teams in the groups stages is determined as follows.

  1. Number of points won in all group games (three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a defeat)
  2. Goal difference in all group games
  3. Number of goals netted in all group games
  4. Points won in games played between teams in question
  5. Goal difference in games played between teams in question
  6. Number of goals netted in games played between teams in question
  7. Fair play points in all group games (yellow card – 1 point, indirect red card – 3 points, direct red – 4 points, yellow card and direct red – 5 points)
  8. Drawing of lots

Schedule and fixtures

GROUP A

7 June 2019, 21:00

France vs South Korea (Parc des Princes, Paris)

8 June 2019, 21:00

Norway vs Nigeria (Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims)

12 June 2019, 15:00

Nigeria vs South Korea (Stade des Alpes, Grenoble)

12 June 2019, 21:00

France vs Norway (Allianz Riviera, Nice)

17 June 2019, 21:00

Nigeria vs France (Roazhon Park, Rennes)

17 June 2019, 21:00

South Korea vs Norway (Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims)

GROUP B

8 June 2019, 15:00

Germany vs China PR (Roazhon Park, Rennes)

8 June 2019, 18:00

Spain vs South Africa (Stade Océane, Le Havre)

12 June 2019, 18:00

Germany vs Spain (Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes)

13 June 2019, 21:00

South Africa vs China PR (Parc des Princes, Paris)

17 June 2019, 18:00

South Africa vs Germany (Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier)

17 June 2019, 18:00

China PR vs Spain (Stade Océane, Le Havre)

GROUP C

9 June 2019, 13:00

Australia vs Italy (Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes)

9 June 2019, 15:30

Brazil vs Jamaica (Stade des Alpes, Grenoble)

13 June 2019, 18:00

Australia vs Brazil (Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier)

14 June 2019, 18:00

Jamaica vs Italy (Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims)

18 June 2019, 21:00

Jamaica vs Australia (Stade des Alpes, Grenoble)

18 June 2019, 21:00

Italy vs Brazil (Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes)

GROUP D

9 June 2019, 18:00

England vs Scotland (Allianz Riviera, Nice)

10 June 2019, 18:00

Argentina vs Japan (Parc des Princes, Paris)

14 June 2019, 15:00

Japan vs Scotland (Roazhon Park, Rennes)

14 June 2019, 21:00

England vs Argentina (Stade Océane, Le Havre)

19 June 2019, 21:00

Japan vs England (Allianz Riviera, Nice)

19 June 2019, 21:00

Scotland vs Argentina (Parc des Princes, Paris)

GROUP E

10 June 2019, 21:00

Canada                vs Cameroon (Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier)

11 June 2019, 15:00

New Zealand vs Netherlands (Stade Océane, Le Havre)

15 June 2019, 15:00

Netherlands vs Cameroon (Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes)

15 June 2019, 21:00

Canada                vs New Zealand (Stade des Alpes, Grenoble)

20 June 2019, 18:00

Netherlands vs Canada (Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims)

20 June 2019, 18:00

Cameroon vs New Zealand (Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier)

GROUP F

11 June 2019, 18:00

Chile vs Sweden (Roazhon Park, Rennes)

11 June 2019, 21:00

United States vs Thailand (Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims)

16 June 2019, 15:00

Sweden vs Thailand (Allianz Riviera, Nice)

16 June 2019, 18:00

United States vs Chile (Parc des Princes, Paris)

20 June 2019, 21:00

Sweden vs United States (Stade Océane, Le Havre)

20 June 2019, 21:00

Thailand vs Chile (Roazhon Park, Rennes)

World Cup Teams

Group A

France

Ranking: 4th

World Cup record: Quarter-finals, 2015

Coach: Corinne Diacre

Key players: Gaetane Thiney, Amandine Henry, Wendine Renard

Nigeria

Ranking: 38th

World Cup record: Quarter-finals, 1999

Coach: Thomas Dennerby

Key Players: Tochuwku Oluehi, Onome Ebi, Francisca Ordega

Norway

Ranking: 13

World Cup record: Champions, 1995

Coach: Martin Sjogren

Key players: Isabell Herlovsen, Maren Mjelde, Caroline Graham Hansen

South Korea

Ranking: 14th

World Cup record: Round of 16, 2015

Coach: Yoon Deok-yeo

Key players: Cho So-hyun, Jeon Ga-eul, Ji So-yun

Group B

Germany

Ranking: 2nd

World Cup record: Champions 2003, 2007

Coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Key players: Alexandra Popp, Dzsenifer Maroszan, Almuth Schult

China

Ranking: 16th

World Cup record: Runner-up, 1999

Coach: Jia Xiuquan

Key players: Li Ying, Wang Shanshan, Wang Shuang

Spain

Ranking: 13th

World Cup record: Group stages, 2015

Coach: Jorge Vilda

Key Players: Marta Torrejon, Amanda Sampedro, Virginia Sampedro

South Africa

Ranking: 49th

World Cup record: First appearance

Coach: Desiree Ellis

Key players: Thembi Kgatlana, Lebohang Ramalepe, Janine Van Wyk

Group C

Australia

Ranking: 6th

World Cup record: Quarter-finals, 2007

Coach: Ante Milicic

Key players: Sam Kerr, Steph Catley, Kyah Simon

Italy

Ranking: 15th

World Cup record: Quarter-finals, 1991

Coach: Milena Bertolini

Key players: Laura Giuliani, Sara Gama, Barbara Bonansea

Brazil

Ranking: 10th

World Cup record: Runner-up, 2007

Coach: Vadao

Key players; Marta, Cristiane, Debinha

Jamaica

Ranking: 53rd

World Cup record: First appearance

Coach: Hue Menzies

Key players: Konya Plummer, Jody Brown, Khadija Shaw

Group D

England

Ranking: 3rd

World Cup record: Bronze medal, 2015

Coach: Phil Neville

Key players: Jodie Taylor, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton

Scotland

Ranking: 20th

World Cup record: First appearance

Coach: Shelley Kerr

Key players: Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie, Kim Little

Argentina

Ranking: 37th

World Cup record: Group stages, 2003, 2007

Coach: Carlos Borrello

Key players: Belen Potassa, Soledad Jaimes, Estefania Banini

Japan

Ranking: 7th

World Cup record: Champions, 2011

Coach: Asako Takakura

Key players: Kumi Yokoyama, Saki Kumagai, Rumi Utsugi

Group E

Canada

Ranking: 5th

World Cup record: Semi-finals, 2003

Coach: Kenneth Heiner-Moller

Key players: Christine Sinclair, Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence

Cameroon

Ranking: 46th

World Cup record: Round of 16, 2015

Coach: Alain Djeumfa

Key players: Madeleine Ngono, Gaelle Enganamouit, Christine Manie

New Zealand

Ranking: 19th

World Cup record: Group stages, 1991, 2007, 2011, 2015

Coach: Tom Sermanni

Key players: Katie Bowen, Erin Nayler, Sarah Gregorius

Netherlands

Ranking: 8th

World Cup record: Round of 16, 2015

Coach: Sarina Wiegman

Key players: Lieke Martens, Shanice van de Sanden, Loes Geurts

Group F

United States of America

Ranking: 1st

World Cup record: Champions 1991, 1999, 2015

Coach: Jill Ellis

Key players: Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan

Thailand

Ranking: 34th

World Cup record: Group stages, 2015

Coach: Nuengruethai Sathongwien

Key players: Rattikan Thongsombut, Kanjana Sungngoen, Wilaiporn Boothduang

Chile

Ranking: 39th

World Cup record: First appearance

Coach: Jose Letelier

Key players: Christiane Endler, Carla Guerrero, Francisca Lara

Sweden

Ranking: 9th

World Cup record: Runner-up, 2003

Coach: Peter Gerhardsson

Key players: Caroline Seger, Stina Blackstenius, Hedvig Lindahl

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