2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
|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)|
The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will be the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship contested by the women's national teams of the member associations of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) between 7 June and 7 July 2019. In March 2015, France won the right to host the event; the first time the country will host the tournament, and the third time a European nation will. Matches are planned for nine cities across France. The United States enters the competition as defending champions.
- 1 Host selection
- 2 Qualification
- 3 Venues
- 4 Match officials
- 5 Draw
- 6 Group stage
- 7 Knockout stage
- 8 Branding
- 9 Mascot
- 10 Broadcasting rights
- 11 Qualified teams for Summer Olympics
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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 prefered 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 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 twice 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).
- 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 (Europe): 8 slots
- Host Nation: 1 slot
- CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off: 1 slot
Qualifying matches started on 3 April 2017, and ended on 1 December 2018.
Chile, Jamaica, Scotland, and South Africa will make their Women's World Cup debuts, while Italy will take part in the event for the first time since 1999 and Argentina will take part in the event 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.
Three of the stadiums were used at the UEFA Euro 2016: Parc Olympique in Lyon, Allianz Riviera in Nice, and Parc des Princes in Paris. The last of these hosted matches in the 1998 men's World Cup, and stands on the former site of a stadium that hosted matches in the 1938 men's World Cup. Another stadium that was used in 1998 is Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier. The other stadiums seat under 30,000 spectators.
|Parc Olympique Lyonnais||Parc des Princes||Allianz Riviera||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 match officials for tournament|
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. No group can contain more than one team from each confederation apart from UEFA, which have nine teams, where each group must contain either one or two UEFA teams.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
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:
- Points obtained in all group matches;
- Goal difference in all group matches;
- Number of goals scored in all group matches;
- Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
- Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question;
- Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
- Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction could be applied to a player in a single match):
- Yellow card: −1 points;
- Indirect red card (second yellow card): −3 points;
- Direct red card: −4 points;
- Yellow card and direct red card: −5 points;
- Drawing of lots.
|1||France (H)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Norway||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||Germany||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Spain||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||Australia||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Brazil||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||England||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Argentina||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||Canada||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||New Zealand||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||United States||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Chile||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
Ranking of third-placed teams
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||A||Third place Group A||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|2||B||Third place Group B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|3||C||Third place Group C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|4||D||Third place Group D||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|5||E||Third place Group E||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|6||F||Third place Group F||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points; 5) Drawing of lots.
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 – Lyon|
|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 – Lyon|
|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 – Lyon|
|Runners-up Group D|
|Winners Match 47|
|22 June – Grenoble|
|Winners Match 48||Third place|
|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|
Round of 16
Third place play-off
The emblem and slogan was launched on 19 September 2017 at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris. The emblem is a form of the FIFA Women's World Cup trophy with the colours of the Flag of France, The stripes of past and present fashion of marine french sailors and the ball of light with eight shards and with the symbol of Fleur-de-lis. The slogan is "Dare to Shine" (French Translated: Le moment de briller).
The official mascot named "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".
- Australia - Optus Sport
- Brazil - Grupo Globo and Rede Bandeirantes. On free-to-air television, for the first time the games of the Brazilian team will be transmitted by Rede Globo, the other games will be transmitted by Rede Bandeirantes. On cable television, the games will be transmitted by Sportv and Band Sports.
- Canada – CTV, TSN, RDS
- United States – FOX, FS1, Telemundo, Universo
- France – TF1 Group, Canal+ Group
- United Kingdom – BBC
- Europe: EBU
Qualified teams for Summer Olympics
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|
- 1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
- "OC for FIFA Competitions approves procedures for the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. 14 September 2017.
- "France to host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019". FIFA.com. 19 March 2015.
- "Bidding process opened for eight FIFA competitions". FIFA.com. 19 December 2013.
- "FA consider hosting 2019 women's World Cup in England". BBC Sport. 9 May 2014.
- "New Zealand express interest in host role". Oceania Football Confederation. 12 May 2014. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014.
- "FA drop Women's World Cup bid". Football365.com. 23 June 2014. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- "NZF not progressing women's cup bid". Oceania Football Confederation. 25 June 2014. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014.
- "South Africa will bid to host 2019 Women's World Cup". BBC Sport. 13 March 2014.
- "France and South Korea submit bids for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup". insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- "Japan to bid for 2023 Women's World Cup". The Japan Times. 19 December 2013.
- "Svenskt intresse för VM-ansökan" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
- "Trots EM-succén - Sverige söker inte VM 2019" (in Swedish). Eurosport. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "High interest in hosting FIFA competitions". FIFA.com. 9 May 2014.
- "FIFA receives bidding documents for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup". FIFA.com. 30 October 2014.
- "La France candidate pour 2019!". Fédération Française de Football. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- "S.Korea Applies to Host 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup". KBS. 9 April 2014. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
- "France to stage 2019 Women's World Cup". uefa.com. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- "Circular #1565 - FIFA women's tournaments 2018-2019" (PDF). FIFA.com. 11 November 2016.
- "FIFA leaves berths unchanged for 2019 Women's World Cup". The Big Story. Associated Press. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- "All 24 qualified teams now confirmed". FIFA.com. 1 December 2018.
- "Women's Ranking". FIFA. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "La France organisera la Coupe du monde 2019!". L'Équipe. 19 March 2015.
- "The nine host cities confirmed". FIFA. 14 June 2017.
- "Official Slogan and Emblem of FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 launched today". FIFA.com. 19 September 2017.
- "Match officials appointed for FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™". FIFA.com. 3 December 2018.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 – List of match officials" (PDF). FIFA.com.
- "LE CALENDRIER DU MONDIAL 2019 DÉVOILÉ". FFF. 8 February 2018.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 match schedule confirmed". FIFA. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
- "Draw pots confirmed by latest Women's Ranking". FIFA. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
- "Organising Committee takes important decisions on FIFA Women's World Cup". FIFA.com. 1 October 2018.
- "The Draw: How does it work?". FIFA. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
- "Match schedule for FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 announced". FIFA.com. 8 February 2018.
- "Match Schedule FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019" (PDF). FIFA.com. 8 December 2018.
- "Regulations – FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
- "France 2019's Official Emblem launched in Paris". FIFA.com. 19 September 2017.
- "ettie™ revealed as Official Mascot for FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™". FIFA.com. 12 May 2018.
- Optus snap up Champions League, Europa League rights. FourFourTwo Australia. 3 August 2018
-  Portal Marking Of 16 January 2019.
- Sandomir, Richard. "Fox, Telemundo and Univision to Show World Cup Through 2026 as FIFA Extends Contracts". The New York Times. 12 February 2015.
- "FIFA extending TV deals through 2026 World Cup with CTV, TSN and RDS". The Globe and Mail. 12 February 2015.
- Parker, Ryan. "2026 World Cup TV rights awarded without bids; ESPN 'surprised'". Los Angeles Times. 13 February 2015.
- Football féminin : le Groupe TF1 s’offre la Coupe du Monde 2019 sur lesnouvellesnews.fr, 14 January 2016.
- BBC wins rights to show 2019 tournament BBC.com 6 March 2017.
- FIFA and EBU extend 'Other FIFA Events' cooperation until 2022 ebu.ch 22 November 2018.
- "OC for FIFA Competitions approves procedures for the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. 14 September 2017.
- "Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Home nations agree to GB women's football team". BBC Sport. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.