2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship contested by 24 women's national teams representing member associations of FIFA. It took place between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with 52 matches staged in nine cities in France,[1] which was awarded the right to host the event in March 2015, the first time the country hosted the tournament. The tournament was the first Women's World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

The United States entered the competition as defending champions after winning the 2015 edition in Canada and successfully defended their title with a 2–0 victory over the Netherlands in the final. In doing so, they secured their record fourth title and became the second nation, after Germany, to have successfully retained the title.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA – France 2019
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Official logo
Le moment de briller (Dare to shine)
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates7 June – 7 July
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (4th title)
Runners-up Netherlands
Third place Sweden
Fourth place England
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored146 (2.81 per match)
Attendance1,131,312 (21,756 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Ellen White
United States Alex Morgan
United States Megan Rapinoe
(6 goals each)
Best player(s)United States Megan Rapinoe
Best young playerGermany Giulia Gwinn
Best goalkeeperNetherlands Sari van Veenendaal
Fair play award France

Host selection

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.[2] 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, South Korea, New Zealand and South Africa. Both England and New Zealand registered expressions of interest by the April 2014 deadline,[3][4] but in June 2014 it was announced that each would no longer proceed.[5][6] South Africa registered an expression of interest by the April 2014 deadline;[7] but later decided to withdraw prior to the final October deadline.[8] Both Japan and Sweden had also expressed interest in bidding for the 2019 tournament, but Japan chose to focus on the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympics,[9] whilst Sweden decided to focus on European U-17 competitions instead.[10][11] France and South Korea made official bids for hosting the tournament by submitting their documents by 31 October 2014.[12][13]

On 19 March 2015, France officially won the bid to host the Women's World Cup and the U-20 Women's World Cup.[14] The decision came after a vote by the FIFA Executive Committee.[15] Upon the selection, France became the third European nation to host the Women's World Cup (following Sweden and Germany), and the fourth country to host both men's and women's World Cup, having hosted the men's tournament in 1938 and 1998.

Qualification

The slot allocation was approved by the FIFA Council on 13–14 October 2016.[16] 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).[17]

  • AFC (Asia): 5 slots
  • CAF (Africa): 3 slots
  • CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the 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

A total of 24 teams qualified for the final tournament.[18] Each team's FIFA Rankings in March 2019 are shown in parenthesis.[19]

AFC (5 teams)
CAF (3 teams)
CONCACAF (3 teams)
CONMEBOL (3 teams)
OFC (1 team)
UEFA (9 teams)

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.

Venues

Twelve cities were candidates.[20] 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.[21]

The semi-finals and final were played at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in the Lyon suburb of Décines-Charpieu, with 58,000 capacity, while the opening match was played at Parc des Princes in Paris.[22] The 2019 tournament is the first under the 24-team format to be played without double-header fixtures.[23]

Décines-Charpieu Paris Nice Rennes
Parc Olympique Lyonnais
(Stade de Lyon)
Parc des Princes Allianz Riviera
(Stade de Nice)
Roazhon Park
Capacity: 57,900[24] Capacity: 45,600[25] Capacity: 35,100[26] Capacity: 28,600[27]
Groupama Stadium 3
PSG-Nantes Parc des Princes 04 Allianzcoupdenvoi Rennes - Montpellier L1 20150815 - Scène match
Le Havre
Stade Océane
Capacity: 24,000[28]
Intérieur stade Océane
Valenciennes Reims Montpellier Grenoble
Stade du Hainaut Stade Auguste-Delaune Stade de la Mosson Stade des Alpes
Capacity: 22,600[29] Capacity: 20,500[30] Capacity: 19,300[31] Capacity: 18,000[32]
Intérieur Stade du Hainaut (2013) Stade Auguste-Delaune 2 Tribünen Australie-Fidji.4 GF38-CLERMONT001

Officiating

On 3 December 2018, FIFA announced the list of 27 referees and 48 assistant referees for the tournament.[33][34][35] On 4 June 2019, FIFA announced that Canadian referee Carol Anne Chenard and Chinese assistant referee Yongmei Cui had pulled out for "health reasons."[36]

On 26 June 2019, FIFA retained 11 officiating teams for the quarter finals onwards. The referees include Edina Alves Batista, Marie-Soleil Beaudoin, Melissa Borjas, Stéphanie Frappart, Kate Jacewicz, Katalin Kulcsár, Kateryna Monzul, Anastasia Pustovoitova, Qin Liang, Claudia Umpiérrez and Lucila Venegas.[37] On 5 July 2019, FIFA announced that French referee Stéphanie Frappart would officiate the final between the United States and the Netherlands.[38]

Video assistant referees

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.[39] The fifteen VAR officials were announced by FIFA on 2 May 2019.[40][41]

Draw

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.[42] The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four teams.[43]

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.[44] 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.[45][46]

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)

Squads

Each team had to provide to FIFA a preliminary squad of between 23 and 50 players by 26 April 2019, which was not to be published. From the preliminary squad, each team had to name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by 24 May 2019. Players in the final squad could 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.[47]

Group stage

The match schedule for the tournament was released on 8 February 2018.[48] Following the final draw, seven group stage kick-off times were adjusted by FIFA.[49]

The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advanced to the round of 16.[47]

All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).[49]

Tiebreakers

The ranking of teams in the group stage was determined as follows:[47]

  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 point;
    • 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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France (H) 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Norway 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
3  Nigeria 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4  South Korea 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
France 4–0 South Korea
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Norway 3–0 Nigeria
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Nigeria 2–0 South Korea
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France 2–1 Norway
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Nigeria 0–1 France
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South Korea 1–2 Norway
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Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Spain 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
3  China PR 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
4  South Africa 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Germany 1–0 China PR
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Spain 3–1 South Africa
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Germany 1–0 Spain
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South Africa 0–1 China PR
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South Africa 0–4 Germany
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China PR 0–0 Spain
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Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Australia 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 6
3  Brazil 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
4  Jamaica 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0
Australia 1–2 Italy
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Brazil 3–0 Jamaica
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Australia 3–2 Brazil
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Jamaica 0–5 Italy
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Jamaica 1–4 Australia
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  • Kerr Goal 11'42'69'83'
Italy 0–1 Brazil
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Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Japan 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 4
3  Argentina 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
4  Scotland 3 0 1 2 5 7 −2 1
England 2–1 Scotland
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Argentina 0–0 Japan
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Japan 2–1 Scotland
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England 1–0 Argentina
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Japan 0–2 England
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Scotland 3–3 Argentina
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Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Canada 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3  Cameroon 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
4  New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
Canada 1–0 Cameroon
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New Zealand 0–1 Netherlands
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Netherlands 3–1 Cameroon
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Canada 2–0 New Zealand
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Netherlands 2–1 Canada
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Cameroon 2–1 New Zealand
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Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 3 0 0 18 0 +18 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Sweden 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 6
3  Chile 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
4  Thailand 3 0 0 3 1 20 −19 0
Chile 0–2 Sweden
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United States 13–0 Thailand
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Sweden 5–1 Thailand
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United States 3–0 Chile
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Sweden 0–2 United States
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Thailand 0–2 Chile
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Ranking of third-placed teams

The four best third-placed teams from the six groups advanced 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 C  Brazil 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6 Advance to knockout stage
2 B  China PR 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
3 E  Cameroon 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
4 A  Nigeria 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
5 F  Chile 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
6 D  Argentina 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, if a match was level at the end of 90 minutes of normal playing time, extra time was played (two periods of 15 minutes each), where each team was allowed to make a fourth substitution. If the score was still level after extra time, the winners were determined by a penalty shoot-out.[47]

Bracket

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
22 June – Nice
 
 
 Norway (p)1 (4)
 
27 June – Le Havre
 
 Australia1 (1)
 
 Norway0
 
23 June – Valenciennes
 
 England3
 
 England3
 
2 July – Décines-Charpieu
 
 Cameroon0
 
 England1
 
23 June – Le Havre
 
 United States2
 
 France (a.e.t.)2
 
28 June – Paris
 
 Brazil1
 
 France1
 
24 June – Reims
 
 United States2
 
 Spain1
 
7 July – Décines-Charpieu
 
 United States2
 
 United States2
 
25 June – Montpellier
 
 Netherlands0
 
 Italy2
 
29 June – Valenciennes
 
 China PR0
 
 Italy0
 
25 June – Rennes
 
 Netherlands2
 
 Netherlands2
 
3 July – Décines-Charpieu
 
 Japan1
 
 Netherlands (a.e.t.)1
 
22 June – Grenoble
 
 Sweden0 Third place play-off
 
 Germany3
 
29 June – Rennes6 July – Nice
 
 Nigeria0
 
 Germany1 England1
 
24 June – Paris
 
 Sweden2  Sweden2
 
 Sweden1
 
 
 Canada0
 

Round of 16

Germany 3–0 Nigeria
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Norway 1–1 (a.e.t.) Australia
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Penalties
4–1
England 3–0 Cameroon
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France 2–1 (a.e.t.) Brazil
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Spain 1–2 United States
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Sweden 1–0 Canada
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Italy 2–0 China PR
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Netherlands 2–1 Japan
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Quarter-finals

Norway 0–3 England
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France 1–2 United States
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Italy 0–2 Netherlands
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Germany 1–2 Sweden
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Semi-finals

England 1–2 United States
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Netherlands 1–0 (a.e.t.) Sweden
Report

Third place play-off

England 1–2 Sweden
Report

Final

United States 2–0 Netherlands
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Statistics

Goalscorers

There were 146 goals scored in 52 matches, for an average of 2.81 goals per match.

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Source: FIFA[102]

Assists

4 assists

3 assists

2 assists

1 assist

Source: FIFA

Discipline

A player was automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[47]

  • Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
  • Receiving two yellow cards in two matches; yellow cards expire after the completion of the quarter-finals (yellow card suspensions are not carried forward to any other future international matches)

The following suspensions were served during the tournament:

Player Offence(s) Suspension
Netherlands Anouk Dekker Red card in qualifying vs Switzerland (13 November 2018) Group E vs New Zealand (matchday 1; 11 June)
South Africa Nothando Vilakazi Yellow card Yellow-red card in Group B vs Spain (matchday 1; 8 June) Group B vs China PR (matchday 2; 13 June)
Brazil Formiga Yellow card in Group C vs Jamaica (matchday 1; 9 June)
Yellow card in Group C vs Australia (matchday 2; 13 June)
Group C vs Italy (matchday 3; 18 June)
Thailand Taneekarn Dangda Yellow card in Group F vs United States (matchday 1; 11 June)
Yellow card in Group F vs Sweden (matchday 2; 16 June)
Group F vs Chile (matchday 3; 20 June)
Nigeria Ngozi Ebere Yellow card Yellow-red card in Group A vs France (matchday 3; 17 June) Round of 16 vs Germany (22 June)
Nigeria Rita Chikwelu Yellow card in Group A vs South Korea (matchday 2; 12 June)
Yellow card in Group A vs France (matchday 3; 17 June)
Round of 16 vs Germany (22 June)
Sweden Fridolina Rolfö Yellow card in Round of 16 vs Canada (24 June)
Yellow card in Quarter-finals vs Germany (29 June)
Semi-finals vs Netherlands (3 July)
England Millie Bright Yellow card Yellow-red card in Semi-finals vs United States (2 July) Third place play-off vs Sweden (6 July)

Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[103][104] The Golden Ball (best overall player), Golden Boot (top scorer) and Golden Glove (best goalkeeper) awards were sponsored by Adidas.[105]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
United States Megan Rapinoe England Lucy Bronze United States Rose Lavelle
Golden Boot Silver Boot Bronze Boot
United States Megan Rapinoe United States Alex Morgan England Ellen White
6 goals, 3 assists
428 minutes played
6 goals, 3 assists
490 minutes played
6 goals, 0 assists
514 minutes played
Golden Glove
Netherlands Sari van Veenendaal
FIFA Young Player Award
Germany Giulia Gwinn
FIFA Fair Play Award
 France

Prize money

Prize money amounts were announced in October 2018.[106]

Position Amount (million USD)
Per team Total
Champions 4.0 4.0
Runner-up 2.6 2.6
Third place 2.0 2.0
Fourth place 1.6 1.6
5th–8th place (quarter-finals) 1.45 5.8
9th–16th place (round of 16) 1.0 8.0
17th–24th place (group stage) 0.75 6.0
Total 30.0

Branding

The emblem and slogan were launched on 19 September 2017 at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris.[107] 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 World Cup's official English-language slogan is "Dare to Shine"; its French slogan is "Le moment de briller".[22]

Ticketing

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.[108] 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.[109][110][111]

Mascot

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".[112]

Broadcasting

FIFA has, through several companies, sold the broadcasting rights for the World Cup to broadcasters.[113]

The 2019 tournament has set several new viewership records for various countries, and FIFA forecasts a total global audience of 1 billion spectators.[23][114]

Qualifying teams for Summer Olympics

The World Cup was used by UEFA to qualify three teams for the 2020 Summer Olympic women's football tournament in Japan, with the three European teams with the best results (considering only the round they reach) qualifying. If teams in contention for Olympic spots were eliminated in the same round, a maximum of four teams (determined by group stage results if necessary) would advance to play-offs in early 2020 to decide the remaining spot(s). However, this scenario did not happen for this tournament.[115]

For the first time, as per the agreement between the four British football associations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) for the women's team, Great Britain would 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), which they succeeded as England were among the three best European teams.[116] Scotland also qualified for the World Cup but, under the agreement whereby the highest ranked home nation was nominated to compete for the purposes of Olympic qualification, their performance would not be taken into account.[45][117] In effect, therefore, eight European teams competed for three qualification places during the World Cup.

The United States' win over France in the quarter-finals guaranteed that the three remaining semi-finalists, all from UEFA, qualified for the Olympics.[118]

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in Summer Olympics[a]
 Great Britain 28 June 2019[119] 1 (2012)
 Netherlands 29 June 2019[120] 0 (debut)
 Sweden 29 June 2019[120] 6 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Controversies

The final's scheduling on 7 July led to a degree of criticism among supporters of women's football, as two continental men's tournament finals were held on the same day—the Copa América in Rio de Janeiro and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Chicago.[121][122] CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani described the scheduling as "a mistake", but claimed the error could not be reversed for logistical reasons.[123] The lack of outdoor advertising across Paris, except for the Parc des Princes stadium and the temporary World Cup museum at Châtelet, was also criticised.[124]

The Women's World Cup was the first major competition to use the updated Laws of the Game approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which came into effect on 1 June 2019. Among the changes, the more severe punishment of goalkeeper encroachment during penalty kicks—including retakes after a video assistant referee review—gained the most attention and caused several successful saves to be disallowed in the group stage.[125][126] The use of the Women's World Cup as a "guinea pig" for the new changes to the rules was also criticised by some footballers and coaches for being potentially sexist, as several concurrent men's continental competitions had not implemented them.[127] Pierluigi Collina, head of referees for FIFA, denied the claim, stating that it had long been customary for rule changes to be introduced in June, before major tournaments.[128] Following widespread criticism and a request from FIFA, the IFAB issued a temporary dispensation to waive the requirement to show goalkeepers a yellow card for stepping off the line during a penalty shootout during the knockout stage of the Women's World Cup.[129][130]

The round of 16 fixture between England and Cameroon was marred by misbehaviour of some Cameroonian players, who refused to kick off for several minutes after the second English goal, deliberately fouled several players, and argued with the referee while huddling around her.[131] Cameroonian defender Augustine Ejangue was also seen on camera spitting at English winger Toni Duggan after conceding an indirect free kick in the penalty area, from which England later scored.[132] After the match, England manager Phil Neville said it "didn't feel like football" and that he was "completely and utterly ashamed of the opposition".[133] The Confederation of African Football (CAF) condemned some of the players' actions, while also criticising the refereeing. Cameroon felt three crucial decisions were unjust, two of which involved the video assistant referee (VAR). FIFA announced that it would investigate the match.[134][135]

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2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup

The 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup was the 19th edition of the AFC Women's Asian Cup, the quadrennial international football tournament in Asia competed by the women's national teams in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was originally scheduled to be held in Jordan between 7 and 22 April 2018, but later was changed to 6 to 20 April 2018.The tournament served as the final stage of Asian qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the top five teams qualifying for the World Cup in France.Japan defeated Australia 1–0 in the final to win their second consecutive title. In the third-place match the same day, China defeated Thailand 3–1.

2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations

The 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations, officially known as the Total Women's Africa Cup Of Nations, Ghana 2018, was the 11th edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations (13th edition if tournaments without hosts are included), the biennial international football championship organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the women's national teams of Africa. The tournament was held in Ghana, from 17 November to 1 December 2018.The tournament also doubles as the African qualifiers to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The top three teams qualified for the World Cup in France.Nigeria were the defending champions. They won the tournament for their third consecutive and 11th overall Africa Women Cup of Nations title.

2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship

The 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship was the 10th edition of the CONCACAF Women's Championship (also known as the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup or the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament), the quadrennial international football championship organised by CONCACAF for the women's national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region. Eight teams played in the tournament, which took place from 4–17 October in the United States.The tournament served as the CONCACAF qualifiers to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. The top three teams qualified for the World Cup, while the fourth-placed team advanced to a play-off against the third-placed team from the South American confederation, CONMEBOL. It also determined the CONCACAF teams playing at the 2019 Pan American Games women's football tournament in Lima.The United States were the defending champions of the competition. They successfully defended their title as hosts, winning the final 2–0 against Canada for their 8th CONCACAF Women's Championship title.

2018 Copa América Femenina

The 2018 Copa América Femenina was the eighth edition of the CONMEBOL Copa América Femenina (also referred to as the Copa América Femenina), the quadrennial international football competition for women's national teams in South America affiliated with CONMEBOL. The tournament was played between 4 and 22 April 2018 in Chile.The tournament provided two direct qualifying places and a play-off place (against the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF) for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, one direct qualifying place and a play-off place (against the second-placed team from CAF) for the 2020 Summer Olympic women's football tournament in Japan, and three (teams finishing third to fifth) for the 2019 Pan American Games women's football tournament in Lima, besides Peru who qualified automatically as hosts.Brazil defended successfully their title winning all their matches. It was their seventh Copa América Femenina title.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final was a football match which determined the winner of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. It was the eighth final of the FIFA Women's World Cup, a quadrennial tournament contested by the women's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The match was played on 7 July 2019 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon, France.

The final was contested by the United States, the defending champion, and the Netherlands, in their first final. The United States won 2–0, earning their second consecutive and fourth overall Women's World Cup title, with second-half goals scored by co-captain Megan Rapinoe from the penalty spot and Rose Lavelle. With the win, the U.S. became the second team to win consecutive titles after Germany's victories in 2003 and 2007. The team's coach, Jill Ellis, became the first manager to win two Women's World Cup titles.

Each finalist was the reigning champion of its respective confederation, with the United States having won the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the Netherlands having won UEFA Women's Euro 2017.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the second and final stage of the competition, following the group stage. It began on 22 June with the round of 16 and ended on 7 July with the final match, held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu. A total of 16 teams (the top two teams from each group, along with the four best third-placed teams) advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament.All times listed are local, CEST (UTC+2).

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process decided all 24 teams which will play in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the hosts France qualifying automatically. It is the eighth FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament is the third to be hosted in Europe, after the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification (UEFA)

The European qualifying competition for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was a women's football competition that determined the eight UEFA teams joining the automatically qualified hosts France in the final tournament.Apart from France, 46 of the remaining 54 UEFA member national teams entered the qualifying competition, with Andorra making their World Cup debut and Kosovo making their competitive debut.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 1

UEFA Group 1 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification competition consisted of five teams: England, Russia, Wales, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kazakhstan (which advanced from the preliminary round). The composition of the seven groups in the qualifying group stage was decided by the draw held on 25 April 2017, with the teams seeded according to their coefficient ranking.The group was played in home-and-away round-robin format between 17 September 2017 and 4 September 2018. The group winners qualified for the final tournament, while the runners-up advanced to the play-offs if they were one of the four best runners-up among all seven groups (not counting results against the fifth-placed team).

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 2

UEFA Group 2 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification competition consisted of five teams: Switzerland, Scotland, Poland, Belarus, and Albania (which advanced from the preliminary round). The composition of the seven groups in the qualifying group stage was decided by the draw held on 25 April 2017, with the teams seeded according to their coefficient ranking.The group was played in home-and-away round-robin format between 15 September 2017 and 4 September 2018. The group winners qualified for the final tournament, while the runners-up advanced to the play-offs if they were one of the four best runners-up among all seven groups (not counting results against the fifth-placed team).

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 3

UEFA Group 3 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification competition consisted of five teams: Norway, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, and Northern Ireland. The composition of the seven groups in the qualifying group stage was decided by the draw held on 25 April 2017, with the teams seeded according to their coefficient ranking.The group was played in home-and-away round-robin format between 15 September 2017 and 4 September 2018. The group winners qualified for the final tournament, while the runners-up advanced to the play-offs if they were one of the four best runners-up among all seven groups (not counting results against the fifth-placed team).

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 5

UEFA Group 5 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification competition consisted of five teams: Germany, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and the Faroe Islands (which advanced from the preliminary round). The composition of the seven groups in the qualifying group stage was decided by the draw held on 25 April 2017, with the teams seeded according to their coefficient ranking.The group was played in home-and-away round-robin format between 14 September 2017 and 4 September 2018. The group winners qualified for the final tournament, while the runners-up advanced to the play-offs if they were one of the four best runners-up among all seven groups (not counting results against the fifth-placed team).

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 6

UEFA Group 6 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification competition consisted of five teams: Italy, Belgium, Romania, Portugal, and Moldova (which advanced from the preliminary round). The composition of the seven groups in the qualifying group stage was decided by the draw held on 25 April 2017, with the teams seeded according to their coefficient ranking.The group was played in home-and-away round-robin format between 15 September 2017 and 4 September 2018. The group winners qualified for the final tournament, while the runners-up advanced to the play-offs if they were one of the four best runners-up among all seven groups (not counting results against the fifth-placed team).

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 7

UEFA Group 7 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification competition consisted of five teams: Spain, Austria, Finland, Serbia, and Israel (which advanced from the preliminary round). The composition of the seven groups in the qualifying group stage was decided by the draw held on 25 April 2017, with the teams seeded according to their coefficient ranking.The group was played in home-and-away round-robin format between 19 September 2017 and 4 September 2018. The group winners qualified for the final tournament, while the runners-up advanced to the play-offs if they were one of the four best runners-up among all seven groups (not counting results against the fifth-placed team).

Alyssa Naeher

Alyssa Michele Naeher (born April 20, 1988) is an American soccer player. She is a goalkeeper for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national team. She was on the 23-player roster for the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and she was the starting goalkeeper for the U.S at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Ellen White (footballer)

Ellen Toni White (born 9 May 1989) is an English international footballer who plays as a forward for Manchester City and the England national team. With England, she has played at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, reaching the semi-finals in the latter two tournaments. She was also part of the Great Britain team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.Having progressed through Arsenal Ladies' academy, White returned to the Gunners in 2010 after spells with Chelsea and Leeds United, later joining Notts County.

Jorge Vilda

Jorge Vilda Rodríguez (born 7 July 1981) is a Spanish football coach who is the current manager of the Spain women's national football team.

He was nominated for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football in 2014.

Netherlands women's national football team

The Netherlands women's national football team (Dutch: Nederlands vrouwenvoetbalelftal) is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA and FIFA.

In 1971, the team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France. They have played at the final tournament of the 2009, 2013, and 2017 UEFA Women's Championship and were champions in 2017. They have played at the final tournament of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time, and reached thirteenth place. They have also played at the final tournament in the 2019 edition, losing 2-0 the final against the United States.

The nicknames for the team are Oranje (Orange) and Leeuwinnen (Lionesses). Sarina Wiegman has been head coach since January 2017. As of July 2019, the team is ranked number 3 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

Shanice van de Sanden

Shanice Janice van de Sanden (born 2 October 1992) is a Dutch footballer who plays for Olympique Lyonnais in the Division 1 Féminine. She is a member of the Netherlands national football team.

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