This June, more eyes than ever before will be on women’s football. There is an ongoing fight for women’s sport to achieve the same level of respect and representation as that played by men. Football is one discipline where female players are steadily seeing an increase in support, coverage and funding.
2019 marks the 8th Women’s World Cup and there are hopes that the global coverage and scale of the tournament will captivate a wider audience. The USA women’s team are hopeful that they will be able to retain their trophy, although there is fierce competition from France, England, Germany and Canada.
This year, France is privileged to be able to hold this important tournament and help to put women’s football on the map.
This is the first time that this football-loving nation has hosted the tournament and the matches will be held in 9 different host cities. They are Rennes, Le Havre, Paris, Valenciennes, Reims, Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier and Nice. This means that fans across the country should the tournament is accessible. However, Lyon will be hosting the semi-finals and final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnaise – the largest capacity stadium hosting the event. It is also the first time that the women’s national teams will benefit from the use of the VAR system in a major tournament.
The FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 is already underway and nations from across the world are already competing to reach the next stage of the competition. The round of 16 commences on June 22nd, the quarter-finals are scheduled across the country on the 27th to the 29th and the semi-finals on 2nd and 3rd of July. The final will held on July 7th with a third-place play off the day before.
This year’s slogan is Dare to Shine and, over the course of the next month, all the teams involved are sure to do just that as they make sporting history.