2019 Women’s World Cup
The 2019 edition of the Women’s World Cup is the eighth of its kind. It will be held in France between June 7th and July 7th in nine cities around France with the smallest venue being Grenoble’s Stade des Alpes and the biggest Lyon’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais. The stadium capacities range from just above 20,000 to 59,000.
One hundred and forty three countries started the qualification tournament and the teams are now whittled down to 24 including France as hosts. Asia has five slots, Africa three, Oceania one, Europe eight plus France and South America 2.5 which became three when Argentina beat North America’s Panama in a two leg playoffs. The, of course, meant that North America has three teams qualified for 2019 Women’s World Cup.
The draw was conducted on December 8th 2018 after the 24 teams were placed in four pots of six based on their FIFA ranking.
USA is currently ranked first followed by Germany, England, France and Canada. South Africa, at 49th, is currently the lowest ranked qualified team.
France vs South Korea will open the tournament. Top two in each group and four of the best third placed teams will qualify for the round of 16. The final will take place in Lyon.