2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

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2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA – France 2019
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates7 June – 7 July
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of the United States.svg  United States (4th title)
Runners-upFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Third placeFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Fourth placeFlag of England.svg  England
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored146 (2.81 per match)
Attendance1,131,312 (21,756 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of England.svg Ellen White
Flag of the United States.svg Alex Morgan
Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe
(6 goals each)
Best player(s) Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe
Best young player Flag of Germany.svg Giulia Gwinn
Best goalkeeper Flag of the Netherlands.svg Sari van Veenendaal
Fair play awardFlag of France (lighter variant).svg  France
2015
2023

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international Women's 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. This was the second and last edition with 24 teams before expanding to 32 teams for the 2023 tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

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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. Unlike Germany, however, this victory held a distinction as the United States won both 2015 and 2019 tournaments under one manager, Jill Ellis. It was the first time in 81 years since Vittorio Pozzo did so for the Italian men's team at the 1934 and 1938 FIFA World Cups.

The matches were broadcast globally and attracted a combined audience of 1.12 billion people.

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: France, England, 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 the men's and women's World Cup, having hosted the men's tournament in 1938 and 1998. By the time France hosted the women's World Cup, the country had also earlier hosted the UEFA Euro 2016, which served as a precursor for France's preparation to host this competition.

VoteFirst ballot
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg  France 17
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 5

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]

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 parentheses. [19]

AFC (5)
CAF (3)
CONCACAF (3)
CONMEBOL (3)
OFC (1)
UEFA (9)
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Teams qualified for World Cup
Teams failed to qualify for World Cup
Teams expelled from the tournament by FIFA
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  Teams qualified for World Cup
  Teams failed to qualify for World Cup
  Teams expelled from the tournament by FIFA
  Teams did not enter qualification

Chile, Jamaica, Scotland and South Africa made their Women's World Cup debuts, [20] 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. [21] The final nine 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. [22]

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. [23] The 2019 tournament is the first under the 24-team format to be played without double-header fixtures. [24]

Lyon
(Décines-Charpieu)
Paris Nice Rennes
Parc Olympique Lyonnais
(Stade de Lyon)
Parc des Princes Allianz Riviera
(Stade de Nice)
Roazhon Park
Capacity: 57,900 [25] Capacity: 45,600 [26] Capacity: 35,100 [27] Capacity: 28,600 [28]
OL-Angers Groupama Stadium 01.jpg
Paris Le Parc des Princes.jpg Allianz Riviera - OGC Nice Stadium.jpg Roazhon Park 20190814.jpg
Le Havre
Location of the host cities of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Stade Océane
Capacity: 24,000 [29]
Interieur stade Oceane.jpg
Valenciennes Reims Montpellier Grenoble
Stade du Hainaut Stade Auguste-Delaune Stade de la Mosson Stade des Alpes
Capacity: 22,600 [30] Capacity: 20,500 [31] Capacity: 19,300 [32] Capacity: 18,000 [33]
Valenciennes FC - RC Lens (10-11-2018) 17.jpg Stade Auguste Delaune - Reims (FR51) - 2024-01-28 - 6.jpg Australie-Fidji.4.JPG GF38-CLERMONT001.jpg

Match officials

On 3 December 2018, FIFA announced the list of 27 referees and 48 assistant referees for the tournament. [34] [35] [36] On 4 June 2019, FIFA announced that Canadian referee Carol Anne Chenard and Chinese assistant referee Cui Yongmei had pulled out for "health reasons." [37]

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

French referee Stéphanie Frappart was in charge for the final between the United States and the Netherlands. [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 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg  France (3) (hosts)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States (1)
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (2)
Flag of England.svg  England (4)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada (5)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (6)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands (7)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan (8)
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (9)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil (10)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (12)
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway (13)
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea (14)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (15)
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (16)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand (19)
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland (20)
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand (29)
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina (36)
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile (38)
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria (39)
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon (46)
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa (48)
Flag of Jamaica.svg  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

Champions
Runners-up
Third place
Fourth place
Quarter-finals
Round of 16
Group stage FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.png

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]


Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of France (lighter variant).svg  France (H)330071+69Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 320163+36
3Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 31022423
4Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 30031870
Source: FIFA
(H) Hosts
France  Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 4–0 Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Report
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,261 [50]
Referee: Claudia Umpiérrez (Uruguay)
Norway  Flag of Norway.svg 3–0 Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Report
Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
Attendance: 11,058 [51]
Referee: Kate Jacewicz (Australia)

Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg 2–0 Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Report
France  Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 2–1 Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Report
Allianz Riviera, Nice
Attendance: 34,872 [53]
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)

Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg 0–1 Flag of France (lighter variant).svg  France
Report
Roazhon Park, Rennes
Attendance: 28,267 [54]
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
South Korea  Flag of South Korea.svg 1–2 Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Report

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 330060+69Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 311132+14
3Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 31111104
4Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 30031870
Source: FIFA
Germany  Flag of Germany.svg 1–0 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Report
Roazhon Park, Rennes
Attendance: 15,283 [56]
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (Canada)
Spain  Flag of Spain.svg 3–1 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Report
Stade Océane, Le Havre
Attendance: 12,044 [57]
Referee: María Carvajal (Chile)

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg 1–0 Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Report
Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Attendance: 20,761 [58]
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg 0–1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Report
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 20,011 [59]
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)

South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg 0–4 Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Report
Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Attendance: 15,502 [60]
Referee: Sandra Braz (Portugal)
China  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 0–0 Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Report
Stade Océane, Le Havre
Attendance: 11,814 [61]
Referee: Edina Alves Batista (Brazil)

Group C

Australia vs Italy in Valenciennes Australia vs Italy (Women World Cup France 2019 Valenciennes).jpg
Australia vs Italy in Valenciennes
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 320172+56Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 320185+36
3Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 320163+36
4Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 3003112110
Source: FIFA
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1–2 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Report
Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Attendance: 15,380 [62]
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg 3–0 Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
Report
Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Attendance: 17,668 [63]
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)

Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg 3–2 Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Report
Jamaica  Flag of Jamaica.svg 0–5 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Report

Jamaica  Flag of Jamaica.svg 1–4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Report
  • Kerr Soccerball shade.svg11', 42', 69', 83'
Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Attendance: 17,402 [66]
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
Italy  Flag of Italy.svg 0–1 Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Report
Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Attendance: 21,669 [67]
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of England.svg  England 330051+49Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 31112314
3Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 30213412
4Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 30125721
Source: FIFA
England  Flag of England.svg 2–1 Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Report
Allianz Riviera, Nice
Attendance: 13,188 [68]
Referee: Jana Adámková (Czech Republic)
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg 0–0 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Report
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 25,055 [69]
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)

Japan  Flag of Japan.svg 2–1 Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Report
Roazhon Park, Rennes
Attendance: 13,201 [70]
Referee: Lidya Tafesse (Ethiopia)
England  Flag of England.svg 1–0 Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Report
Stade Océane, Le Havre
Attendance: 20,294 [71]
Referee: Qin Liang (China PR)

Japan  Flag of Japan.svg 0–2 Flag of England.svg  England
Report
Allianz Riviera, Nice
Attendance: 14,319 [72]
Referee: Claudia Umpiérrez (Uruguay)
Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg 3–3 Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Report
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 28,205 [73]
Referee: Ri Hyang-ok (North Korea)

Group E

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 330062+49Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 320142+26
3Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 31023523
4Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 30031540
Source: FIFA
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1–0 Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
Report
New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg 0–1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Report
Stade Océane, Le Havre
Attendance: 10,654 [75]
Referee: Edina Alves Batista (Brazil)

Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg 3–1 Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
Report
Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Attendance: 22,423 [76]
Referee: Casey Reibelt (Australia)
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2–0 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Report
Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Attendance: 14,856 [77]
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)

Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Report
Cameroon  Flag of Cameroon.svg 2–1 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Report

Group F

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3300180+189Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 320173+46
3Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 31022533
4Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 3003120190
Source: FIFA
Chile  Flag of Chile.svg 0–2 Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Report
Roazhon Park, Rennes
Attendance: 15,875 [80]
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)
United States  Flag of the United States.svg 13–0 Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Report
Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
Attendance: 18,591 [81]
Referee: Laura Fortunato (Argentina)

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg 5–1 Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Report
Allianz Riviera, Nice
Attendance: 9,354 [82]
Referee: Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)
United States  Flag of the United States.svg 3–0 Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
Report
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,594 [83]
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg 0–2 Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Report
Stade Océane, Le Havre
Attendance: 22,418 [84]
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (Russia)
Thailand  Flag of Thailand.svg 0–2 Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
Report
Roazhon Park, Rennes
Attendance: 13,567 [85]
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)

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.

PosGrpTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 C Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 320163+36Advance to knockout stage
2 B Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 31111104
3 E Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 31023523
4 A Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 31022423
5 F Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 31022533
6 D Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 30213412
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points; 5) Drawing of lots.

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 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
              
 
22 June – Nice
 
 
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway (p)1 (4)
 
27 June – Le Havre
 
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1 (1)
 
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 0
 
23 June – Valenciennes
 
Flag of England.svg  England 3
 
Flag of England.svg  England 3
 
2 July – Décines-Charpieu
 
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 0
 
Flag of England.svg  England 1
 
23 June – Le Havre
 
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2
 
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg  France (a.e.t.)2
 
28 June – Paris
 
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1
 
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg  France 1
 
24 June – Reims
 
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2
 
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1
 
7 July – Décines-Charpieu
 
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2
 
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2
 
25 June – Montpellier
 
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0
 
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2
 
29 June – Valenciennes
 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 0
 
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 0
 
25 June – Rennes
 
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2
 
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2
 
3 July – Décines-Charpieu
 
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1
 
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands (a.e.t.)1
 
22 June – Grenoble
 
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0 Third place play-off
 
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 3
 
29 June – Rennes 6 July – Nice
 
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 0
 
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1Flag of England.svg  England 1
 
24 June – Paris
 
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2 Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2
 
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1
 
 
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 0
 

Round of 16

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg 3–0 Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Report
Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Attendance: 17,988 [86]
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)


England  Flag of England.svg 3–0 Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
Report
Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Attendance: 20,148 [88]
Referee: Qin Liang (China PR)

France  Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 2–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Report
Stade Océane, Le Havre
Attendance: 23,965 [89]
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (Canada)

Spain  Flag of Spain.svg 1–2 Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Report
Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
Attendance: 19,633 [90]
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg 1–0 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Report
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 38,078 [91]
Referee: Kate Jacewicz (Australia)

Italy  Flag of Italy.svg 2–0 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Report

Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2–1 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Report
Roazhon Park, Rennes
Attendance: 21,076 [93]
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)

Quarter-finals

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg 0–3 Flag of England.svg  England
Report
Stade Océane, Le Havre
Attendance: 21,111 [94]
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

France  Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1–2 Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Report
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,595 [95]
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)

Italy  Flag of Italy.svg 0–2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Report

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg 1–2 Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Report
Roazhon Park, Rennes
Attendance: 25,301 [97]
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)

Semi-finals

England  Flag of England.svg 1–2 Flag of the United States.svg  United States
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Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1–0 (a.e.t.)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
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Third place play-off

England  Flag of England.svg 1–2 Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
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Allianz Riviera, Nice
Attendance: 20,316 [100]
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (Russia)

Final

United States  Flag of the United States.svg 2–0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Report

Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament. [102] [103] The Golden Ball (best overall player), Golden Boot (top scorer) and Golden Glove (best goalkeeper) awards were sponsored by Adidas, while the Goal of the Tournament was sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company. [104] FIFA.com shortlisted ten goals for users to vote on as the tournaments' best, [105] with the poll closing on 17 July 2019. [106]

Golden BallSilver BallBronze Ball
Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe Flag of England.svg Lucy Bronze Flag of the United States.svg Rose Lavelle
Golden BootSilver BootBronze Boot
Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe Flag of the United States.svg Alex Morgan Flag of England.svg 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
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Sari van Veenendaal
FIFA Young Player Award
Flag of Germany.svg Giulia Gwinn
Goal of the Tournament
Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiane
Soccerball shade.svg38' for 2–0 in Group C vs Australia (matchday 2; 13 June)
FIFA Fair Play Award
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg  France

Players who Dared to Shine

The FIFA Technical Study Group announced a list of ten key players of the tournament who "dared to shine". [107]

GoalkeeperDefendersMidfieldersForwards
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Sari van Veenendaal Flag of England.svg Lucy Bronze
Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn
Flag of England.svg Jill Scott
Flag of the United States.svg Julie Ertz
Flag of the United States.svg Rose Lavelle
Flag of England.svg Ellen White
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Vivianne Miedema
Flag of Sweden.svg Sofia Jakobsson
Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe

Prize money

Prize money amounts were announced in October 2018. [108]

PositionAmount (million USD)
Per teamTotal
Champions4.04.0
Runner-up2.62.6
Third place2.02.0
Fourth place1.61.6
5th–8th place (quarter-finals)1.455.8
9th–16th place (round of 16)1.08.0
17th–24th place (group stage)0.756.0
Total30.0

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 [103]

Assists

4 assists

3 assists

2 assists

1 assist

Source: FIFA Technical Report [107]

Discipline

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

The following suspensions were served during the tournament:

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

Branding

The emblem and slogan were launched on 19 September 2017 at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris. [109] 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". [23]

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. [110] 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. [111] [112] [113]

Marketing

Mascot

The official mascot, "Ettie" (stylised in lowercase as "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". [114]

Sponsorships

FIFA partners [115] National Supporters

Broadcasting

FIFA sold the broadcasting rights for the World Cup to broadcasters through several companies. [122] A total of 1.12 billion people globally watched the matches, and the final match attracted 82.18 million viewers, setting a new FIFA Women's World Cup record, surpassing the 2015 final. [123] The 2019 tournament set several new viewership records for various countries. [24] [124]

Qualified UEFA teams for the 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. [125]

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. [126] 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] [127] 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. [128]

TeamQualified onPrevious appearances at the Summer Olympics [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 28 June 2019 [129] 1 ( 2012 )
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 29 June 2019 [130] 0 (debut)
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 29 June 2019 [130] 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. [131] [132] CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani described the scheduling as "a mistake", but claimed the error could not be reversed for logistical reasons. [133] 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. [134]

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. [135] [136] 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. [137] 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. [138] 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. [139] [140]

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. [141] 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. [142] 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". [143] 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. [144] [145]

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The Australia women's national soccer team has represented Australia at the FIFA Women's World Cup on eight occasions in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019 and 2023. Australia co-hosted the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup with New Zealand. The Matildas automatically qualified as co-host, and the Matildas finished fourth overall.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup</span> International football competition

The 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was the ninth edition of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, the biennial international women's youth football championship contested by the under-20 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, since its inception in 2002 as the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship.

Group A of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 7 to 17 June 2019. The group consisted of hosts France, Nigeria, Norway and South Korea. The top two teams, France and Norway, along with the third-placed team, Nigeria, advanced to the round of 16.

Group B of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 8 to 17 June 2019. The group consisted of China PR, Germany, South Africa and Spain. The top two teams, Germany and Spain, along with the third-placed team, China PR, advanced to the round of 16.

Group C of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 9 to 18 June 2019. The group consisted of Australia, Brazil, Italy and Jamaica. The top two teams, Italy and Australia, along with the third-placed team, Brazil, advanced to the round of 16.

Group D of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 9 to 19 June 2019. The group consisted of Argentina, England, 2015 finalists Japan and debutants Scotland. The top two teams, England and Japan, advanced to the round of 16. It was the third occasion in four editions of the World Cup in which England and Japan were drawn together at the group stage.

Group E of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 10 to 20 June 2019. The group consisted of Cameroon, Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand. The top two teams, the Netherlands and Canada, along with the third-placed team, Cameroon, advanced to the round of 16.

Group F of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 11 to 20 June 2019. The group consisted of Chile, Sweden, Thailand and the United States. The top two teams, the United States and Sweden, advanced to the round of 16. It was the fifth successive World Cup in which Sweden and the United States were drawn together in the group 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 advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">England at the FIFA Women's World Cup</span> Performance of England in football tournament

England have participated six times at the FIFA Women's World Cup: in 1995, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2023. They have reached the quarter-finals in each of their participation and the semi-finals three times, reaching the final in 2023.

The Netherlands has qualified three times for the FIFA Women's World Cup: In 2015, in 2019, and in 2023. They reached the 2nd round in 2015 and the final in 2019.

The Cameroon women's national football team has represented Cameroon at the FIFA Women's World Cup on two occasions, in 2015 and 2019.

The South Africa women's national football team has represented South Africa at the FIFA Women's World Cup on two occasions, in 2019 and 2023.

The Nigeria women's national football team has represented Nigeria at the FIFA Women's World Cup at all nine stagings of the tournament, one of seven teams to do so. Despite the rich history, however, Nigeria's successes have been rather modest, having only progressed to the knockout phase in three occasions.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Spain at the FIFA Women's World Cup</span>

The Spain women's national football team has represented Spain at the FIFA Women's World Cup on three occasions, in 2015, 2019 and 2023. Their victory at the 2023 edition of the tournament made Spain the second nation, after Germany, to have won world titles in both men's and women's football.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sweden at the FIFA Women's World Cup</span>

The Sweden women's national football team has represented Sweden at the FIFA Women's World Cup on nine occasions in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019 and 2023. There were runners up once and four times bronze medalists: in 1991, in 2011, in 2019 and in 2023.

The Thailand women's national football team has represented Thailand at the FIFA Women's World Cup at two stagings of the tournament; they have appeared in the last two tournaments, held in 2015 and 2019.

The Canada women's national soccer team has represented Canada at eight of the nine staging's of the FIFA Women's World Cup. The inaugural tournament in 1991 is currently the only edition for which they failed to qualify.


The France women's national football team has represented France at the FIFA Women's World Cup at five stagings of the tournament, in 2003, 2011, 2015, 2019 and 2023, they hosted in 2019.

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