Between 7 June and 7 July 2019, France will stage the eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup. The tournament will see a total of 52 matches played in nine French cities: Paris, Lyon, Rennes, Le Havre, Grenoble, Valenciennes, Reims, Montpellier and Nice.
All government departments, including the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and its agency Atout France, are working to ensure that the event will be a success on sporting and economic levels, as well as in terms of organization, environmental impact, international and national prestige, etc. But the goal is also to make this tournament a milestone in the history of women’s sport.
Sport plays a major role in attracting visitors to France and showcasing the country’s international outreach. France has vast experience in organizing international sporting events. It has adapted to the changing needs of tournaments, sportspeople, fans, and domestic and international events so that visitors can enjoy their time to the full.
Key tournament dates and figures
- 7 June – Paris (Parc des Princes): Opening match, featuring the French team
- 2 & 3 July – Lyon: Semi-finals
- 6 July – Nice: Match for third place
- 7 July – Lyon: Final
24 qualified teams:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China PR, England, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea Republic, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, USA
One of the French Football Federation’s priorities is to get more women involved in football. It has seen the sharpest increase in participation of all women’s sports since 2011 (up 46%) and is enjoying growing interest from the general public and the media. France’s ambition is to become a benchmark nation in this area.
- 108,000 women players in France
- 38,000 women managers
- 5,116 women’s teams
- 4,300 women trainers