Women’s World Cup 2019
The Women’s World Cup arrives in France this summer for its eighth instalment and it promises to be one of the most exciting yet! The women’s games are attracting more and more interest these days and this tournament is set to reach new highs both in terms of attendance and TV viewing figures.
The US are reigning champions but you can easily pick out a handful of nations that have a serious chance of lifting the trophy. However, as we all know, there can only be one winner and so a month of thrilling football awaits. Read on to find out more about tournament details, England’s chances, and how you can watch the action with our TV sports guide.
Here you can find a full TV fixtures list for for the Women’s World Cup 2019.
World Cup 2019 Tournament Details
Date -7th June – 7th July 2019
Host Nation – France
UEFA – England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden
CONMEBOL – Argentina, Brazil, Chile
CONCACAF – Canada, Jamaica, United States
AFC – Australia, China PR, Japan, South Korea, Thailand
CAF – Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa
OFC – New Zealand
Parc Olympique Lyonnais – Lyon
Parc des Princes – Paris
Allianz Riviera (Stade de Nice) – Nice
Stade de la Mosson – Montpellier
Roazhon Park – Rennes
Stade Océane – Le Havre
Stade du Hainaut – Valenciennes
Stade Auguste-Delaune – Reims
Stade des Alpes – Grenoble
FINAL ARENA – Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
England’s Group (D) -England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan
Ruling Champion – USA
Most World Cup Titles – USA
England’s Road to World Cup 2019
England never looked back once after that injury time own-goal against Japan four years ago in Canada. It was tough to watch and it must have been heart-breaking for the players on the pitch.
However, that taste of defeat has left a burning desire to prove to the world what they are really capable of. Simply put, the Lionesses are now a team to be feared as they come hunting for their first World Cup winners medal.
Four years ago, the bookies had them as the 8th favourite at 20/1. Fast-forward four years, and they’re in the top four with odds of 6/1. It shows the determination and desire of a team who will face any opponent head-on with the belief that they can win.
England took no prisoners on the road to the World Cup 2019. During the qualifiers, they scored 15 goals and kept a clean sheet in their first three games. Phil Neville took over the managerial role in early 2018 and the team continued to grow stronger and wiser. It was a case of mixing young talent with experienced heads that resulted in a finely balanced team.
England traveled to the US for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup and came back as runners-up. The results speak for themselves with a resounding 4-1 win against France, a 2-2 draw against Germany, and they only lost to the USA through an unfortunate own goal.
The team took this form back into the World Cup qualifiers and continued to blow away all opposition as they coasted to automatic qualification with seven wins and a draw. Goals were flying in from all angles with Nikita Parris and Toni Duggan on top form alongside captain Steph Houghton and Jill Scott leading by example.
The confidence running through the squad was witnessed most recently as they returned to the US for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup. England walked away champions after a 2-2 draw with USA and impressive wins against Brazil and Japan. The win in the USA was the perfect setup for this summer and the Lionesses are now on the prowl for World Cup glory.
France Womens World Cup 2019
The opening match of the World Cup 2019 is between hosts France and South Korea and it’s a game that Les Blues will be looking to win. The three points will not be easy though as the defensive form of South Korea is mighty impressive. The Taeguk Warriors who are ranked 14th in the world only conceded one goal throughout the whole qualifying stage.
Les Blues are second favourites to lift the trophy this summer and their group is favourable, however, their path to the final could mean a clash with reigning champions the USA in the quarter-finals. The team from the US are on a great run of form at the moment having won their last 10 games. The odds of the USA taking home the trophy for the second year running are 7/2 and considering their history and dominance over the last few years then it looks just about right.
Choice of Host Nation
It’s the first time that France will be hosting this tournament and they’ll be looking to impress the thousands of visiting fans. The country has a lot of experience from hosting the men’s World Cup and European Championship so they are not in uncharted territory.
The initial bids to host the 2019 World Cup started back in 2014 when several nations from around the world made their interest known. South Africa, South Korea, New Zealand, England, and France all took part in discussions. However, only when the time came to make the official bids did South Africa and France come out as the two front-runners. The final decision was to be made by the UEFA’s Executive Committee and eventually France was chosen as the official host.
Group Play – World Cup 2019
The tournament consists of six groups of four teams. The winners and runners-up of each group will advance to the knockout stage along with the four best third-placed teams. If two teams happen to fall on the same number of points then the decision will come down to goal difference first, then goals scored, and lastly, the points scored when they played each other in the group.
Group A – France, South Korea, Norway, Nigeria
The host nation should be topping the group with their star player Amandine Henry leading by example but they won’t have it easy. Norway have never failed to qualify for a World Cup and they won it back in 1995. South Korea and Nigeria are tough opponents who will be hard to break down. We could see three teams progressing from this group as the quality is high throughout.
Group B – Germany, China, Spain, South Africa
Germany is the biggest team in this group with two World Cup titles already to their name plus three other top four positions. It looks like the other nations will struggle with Germany and the battle for second should be fought out by the other three nations. Spain are likely to come out on top over China and first-timers South Africa.
Group C – Australia, Italy, Jamaica, Brazil
The battle of Group C should be between previous runners-up Brazil and the team from down under, Australia. Brazil came through the qualifiers with a clean sweep of wins and will be hard to stop. Jamaica and Italy might cause an upset but it’s likely that Brazil and Australia will progress through to the knockout phase.
Group D – England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan
A big group for England and certainly no easy task. The opener against Scotland will be full of passion and could go either way. Argentina are no pushovers and we all know the talents of the Japanese. If we go on the recent form then a one-two of England and Japan should progress and that’s what most of us will be expecting here.
Group E – Canada Cameroon, New Zealand, Netherlands
The Canadians and The Netherlands shouldn’t see much of a struggle in this group. Canada’s players are veterans of the tournament and the Netherlands are the current European champion. It looks like Cameroon and New Zealand will be hoping to sneak in through a third-placed position.
Group F – USA, Sweden, Chile, Thailand
The USA are the tournament favourites and they should walk into the knockout stages. Sweden should secure second place with plenty of experience in the tournament having qualified for every World Cup since it started in 1991. It’s Chile’s first World Cup and Thailand never made it past the groups last time around so they’ll be battling it out for third.
The Stadiums of World Cup 2019
The football stadiums across France are world-class and they are perfect for hosting women’s biggest football tournament. The Euro 2016 championship provided several new venues and so they are spoilt for choice this summer.
Originally, a total of 12 cities put forward their stadiums to act as venues but the bids from Auxerre, Nantes, and Nancy didn’t quite make the final nine. The first match between France and South Korea is at the Parc des Princes in Paris and the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon will host the semi-finals and final. Lyon has a huge following of women’s football and so it only made sense to play the final games at their brand new stadium.
England’s chances in the World Cup 2019
The 2019 Women’s World Cup has got to be England’s best chance so far to win a major trophy. The 2015 World Cup saw them settle for third place and before that, they had only managed to reach the quarter-finals in the three times they qualified for the tournament in 1995, 2007, and 2011.
This summer the team will be looking to capitalize on their recent form. It all kicks off against their neighbours Scotland on the 9th of June in one of the tournaments most exciting fixtures. The remaining games are no easier as they face Argentina and the team they lost out to four years ago, Japan. The Lionesses will be looking for revenge when that game comes around and it could well be the decider for who comes out on top in Group D.
Phil Neville’s team has reignited the passion in the general public for women’s football and there is a real sense of belief that the ladies can reach the final. The experienced players like Houghton and Scott will need to be called upon when cool heads are required.
At the same time, the young talents of Duggan and Parris should be given freedom to express themselves on the pitch and get plenty of shots off on goal. It’s going to be an exciting showdown in France and the Lionesses will have their biggest following of fans to date. There should be a lot of support in the stadiums and plenty more at home watching the live sport on TV back across the English Channel.
England’s Matches for the World Cup 2019
England’s group stage matches will take place between the 9th-19th of June. The team kick off their tournament against Scotland in Paris and will travel west to Le Havre for their match against Argentina. The Lionesses then head down to the south coast to meet Japan in Nice for their final group match. Their position in Group D will determine the dates for their knockout games which starts on 22nd June, ending up with the final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on 7th July.
World Cup 2019 – Group D Matches
9th June: Parc des Princes, Paris
England vs Scotland (18:00 local time)
14th June: Stade Océane, Le Havre
England vs Argentina (21:00 local time)
19th June: Stade de Nice, Nice
Japan vs England (21:00 local time)
Women’s World Cup TV and Live Streaming Details
If you can’t make it over to France to cheer on the team then don’t panic. We’ve got the details on how to watch the women’s World Cup on TV. Watching live sports on TV is fairly easy these days with many channels and streaming options. A quick online search for ‘BBC sport on TV today’ will take you to the relevant pages. The BBC have got all corners covered for the Womens World Cup 2019!
TV Sport Guide
World Cup Sports on TV: BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, and the Red Button will be showing the live sport on TV with full coverage. You can track every match on the BBC website with useful “sport on today” guides available.
World Cup Online Streaming: BBC iPlayer will have their own online TV sport guide so you can stream all live matches and catch up on any that you missed via your laptop, tablet, and smartphone.