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October 9, 2019

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. It will also be the first Women’s World Cup
to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.==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. 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. 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.The following countries made official
bids for hosting the tournament by submitting their documents by 31 October 2014:
France South KoreaOn 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.==Qualification==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 slotQualifying
matches started on 3 April 2017, and ended on 1 December 2018.===Qualified teams===
A total of 24 teams qualified for the final tournament. Each team’s FIFA Rankings in March 2019 are
shown in parenthesis. 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.==Venues==
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. 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.==Officiating==
On 3 December 2018, FIFA announced the list of 27 referees and 48 assistant referees for
the tournament.===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. The fifteen VAR officials were announced by
FIFA on 2 May 2019.==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. 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. 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.==Squads==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.==Group stage==
The match schedule for the tournament was released on 8 February 2018. Following the final draw, seven group stage
kick-off times were adjusted by FIFA.The top two teams of each group and the four best
third-placed teams advance to the round of 16.All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).===Tiebreakers===
The ranking of teams in the group stage is determined as follows:
Points obtained in all group matches (three points for a win, one for a draw, none for
a defeat); 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):
Drawing of lots.===Group A======
Group B======Group C======Group D======Group E======Group F======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.==
Knockout stage==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:===Bracket======
Round of 16======Quarter-finals======Semi-finals====== Third place play-off======Final=====Branding==
The emblem and slogan were launched on 19 September 2017 at the Musée de l’Homme in
Paris. 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 colours of the Flag of France
the blue and white stripes of the marinière, known also as the “Breton stripe”
the Fleur-de-lisThe official slogan is “Dare to Shine”, which translates to French as “Le
moment de briller”.==Mascot==
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”.==Broadcasting rights==
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 Denmark: DR
Europe: EBU Ireland: RTÉ, TG4==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

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