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2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA - France 2019
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Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates7 June – 7 July
Teams24 (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.[1] In March 2015, France won the right to host the event;[2] 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. It will also be the first Women's World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

Host selection[edit]

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.[3] 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.[2] Both The Football Association and New Zealand Football registered expressions of interest by the April 2014 deadline,[4][5] but in June 2014 it was announced that each would no longer proceed.[6][7] The South African Football Association registered an expression of interest by the April 2014 deadline,[8] however later decided to withdraw prior to the final October deadline.[9] 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,[10] whilst Sweden decided to focus on European U-17 competitions instead.[11][12]

The following countries made official bids for hosting the tournament by submitting their documents by 31 October 2014:[13][14]

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.[17] 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.[18] 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).[19]

  • 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.

Qualified teams[edit]

A total of 24 teams qualified for the final tournament.[20] Each team's FIFA Rankings in March 2019 are shown in parenthesis.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23]

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.

The semi-finals and final will be played at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in the Lyon suburb of Décines, with 58,000 capacity, while the opening match will be played at Parc des Princes in Paris.[24]

Lyon Paris Nice Montpellier
Parc Olympique Lyonnais Parc des Princes Allianz Riviera Stade de la Mosson
Capacity: 59,186 Capacity: 48,583 Capacity: 35,624 Capacity: 32,900
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Paris Parc des Princes 1.jpg Allianzcoupdenvoi.jpg Australie-Fidji.4.JPG
Roazhon Park
Capacity: 29,164
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Le Havre Valenciennes Reims Grenoble
Stade Océane Stade du Hainaut Stade Auguste-Delaune Stade des Alpes
Capacity: 25,178 Capacity: 25,172 Capacity: 21,127 Capacity: 20,068
Intérieur stade Océane.jpg Intérieur Stade du Hainaut (2013).JPG Stade Auguste-Delaune 2 Tribünen.JPG GF38-CLERMONT001.jpg


On 3 December 2018, FIFA announced the list of 27 referees and 48 assistant referees for the tournament.[25][26]

Video assistant referees[edit]

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.[27] The fifteen VAR officials were announced by FIFA on 2 May 2019.[28][29]

Confederation Video assistant referees
AFC Australia Chris Beath
United Arab Emirates Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed
CONCACAF Canada Drew Fischer
CONMEBOL Argentina Mauro Vigliano
UEFA Germany Bastian Dankert
Spain Carlos del Cerro Grande
Poland Paweł Gil
Italy Massimiliano Irrati
Portugal Tiago Martins
Netherlands Danny Makkelie
Spain José María Sánchez Martínez [es]
Germany Sascha Stegemann
France Clément Turpin
Italy Paolo Valeri
Germany Felix Zwayer


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.[30] The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four teams.[31]

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.[32] 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 each group had to contain either one or two UEFA teams.[33][34]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 France (3) (hosts)
 United States (1)
 Germany (2)
 England (4)
 Canada (5)
 Australia (6)

 Netherlands (7)
 Japan (8)
 Sweden (9)
 Brazil (10)
 Spain (12)
 Norway (13)

 South Korea (14)
 China PR (15)
 Italy (16)
 New Zealand (19)
 Scotland (20)
 Thailand (29)

 Argentina (36)
 Chile (38)
 Nigeria (39)
 Cameroon (46)
 South Africa (48)
 Jamaica (53)


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.[35]

Group stage[edit]

The match schedule for the tournament was released on 8 February 2018.[36] Following the final draw, seven group stage kick-off times were adjusted by FIFA.[37]

The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16.[35]

All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).[37]


The ranking of teams in the group stage is determined as follows:[35]

  1. Points obtained in all group matches (three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a defeat);
  2. Goal difference in all group matches;
  3. Number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  5. Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question;
  6. Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  7. 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;
  8. Drawing of lots.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 June 2019. Source: FIFA
(H) Host.
France Match 1 South Korea
Norway Match 2 Nigeria

Nigeria Match 14 South Korea
France Match 13 Norway

Nigeria Match 25 France
South Korea Match 26 Norway

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  China PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 8 June 2019. Source: FIFA
Germany Match 3 China PR
Spain Match 4 South Africa

Germany Match 15 Spain
South Africa Match 16 China PR

South Africa Match 27 Germany
China PR Match 28 Spain

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  Jamaica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 9 June 2019. Source: FIFA
Australia Match 5 Italy
Brazil Match 6 Jamaica

Australia Match 17 Brazil
Jamaica Match 18 Italy

Jamaica Match 29 Australia
Italy Match 30 Brazil

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 9 June 2019. Source: FIFA
England Match 7 Scotland
Argentina Match 8 Japan

Japan Match 20 Scotland
England Match 19 Argentina

Japan Match 31 England
Scotland Match 32 Argentina

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 10 June 2019. Source: FIFA
Canada Match 9 Cameroon
New Zealand Match 10 Netherlands

Netherlands Match 22 Cameroon
Canada Match 21 New Zealand

Netherlands Match 33 Canada
Cameroon Match 34 New Zealand

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Thailand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Chile 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 11 June 2019. Source: FIFA
Chile Match 12 Sweden
United States Match 11 Thailand

Sweden Match 24 Thailand
United States Match 23 Chile

Sweden Match 35 United States
Thailand Match 36 Chile

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

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.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
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
First match(es) will be played on 7 June 2019. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points; 5) Drawing of lots.

Knockout stage[edit]

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.[35]

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:[35]

Third-placed teams
qualify from groups
A B C D 3C 3D 3A 3B
A B C E 3C 3A 3B 3E
A B C F 3C 3A 3B 3F
A B D E 3D 3A 3B 3E
A B D F 3D 3A 3B 3F
A B E F 3E 3A 3B 3F
A C D E 3C 3D 3A 3E
A C D F 3C 3D 3A 3F
A C E F 3C 3A 3F 3E
A D E F 3D 3A 3F 3E
B C D E 3C 3D 3B 3E
B C D F 3C 3D 3B 3F
B C E F 3E 3C 3B 3F
B D E F 3E 3D 3B 3F
C D E F 3C 3D 3F 3E


Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
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 48Third place
Winners Group B
29 June – Rennes6 July – Nice
3rd Group A / C / D
Winners Match 38Losers Match 49
24 June – Paris
Winners Match 42Losers Match 50
Runners-up Group F
Runners-up Group E

Round of 16[edit]

Winners Group BMatch 383rd Group A / C / D

Runners-up Group AMatch 37Runners-up Group C

Winners Group DMatch 393rd Group B / E / F

Winners Group AMatch 403rd Group C / D / E

Runners-up Group BMatch 41Winners Group F

Runners-up Group FMatch 42Runners-up Group E

Winners Group CMatch 433rd Group A / B / F

Winners Group EMatch 44Runners-up Group D


Winners Match 37Match 45Winners Match 39

Winners Match 40Match 46Winners Match 41

Winners Match 43Match 47Winners Match 44

Winners Match 38Match 48Winners Match 42


Winners Match 45Match 49Winners Match 46

Winners Match 47Match 50Winners Match 48

Third place play-off[edit]

Losers Match 49Match 51Losers Match 50


Winners Match 49Match 52Winners Match 50


The emblem and slogan were launched on 19 September 2017 at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris.[38] 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 edition of the Women’s World Cup. It alludes to several French cultural icons:

The official slogan is "Dare to Shine", which translates to French as "Le moment de briller".[24]


The first major controversy over the Women's World Cup erupted when online ticket buyers were first allowed to print their actual match tickets in May 2019. Numerous fans who had purchased multiple tickets for specific matches, expecting to be seated together, found that their seats were not adjacent. In many cases, married couples and families with young children found themselves widely separated. When the local organizing committee launched online ticket sales for the event, using a French company as the official online seller, it apparently made no provision to allow purchase of adjacent tickets. FIFA's response to fan complaints, reminding purchasers that the ticketing platform provided a warning at the time of sale that it could not guarantee adjacent tickets, led to a social media firestorm. Initially, the only concession that FIFA made was to provide a means to allow families with underage children to receive adjacent seats. Within hours, FIFA issued a further clarification, claiming that the issues had only been experienced by fans purchasing tickets for the semifinals and final. However, at least one buyer reported that her separated seats were for a match earlier in the knockout phase.[39][40][41]


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".[42]

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Qualified teams for Summer Olympics[edit]

The World Cup will be used by UEFA to qualify three teams for the 2020 Summer Olympic women's football tournament in Japan.[60] 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.[33][61]

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in Summer Olympics1
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.


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