2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA – France 2019
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Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates7 June – 7 July
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored74 (3.08 per match)
Attendance452,433 (18,851 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Alex Morgan (5 goals)
All statistics correct as of 16 June 2019.

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is 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.[1] In March 2015, France won the right to host the event;[2] the first time the country is hosting the tournament, and the third time by a European nation. Matches are being played in nine cities across France. The United States enters the competition as defending champions. It is also 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.[3] 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.[2] Both The Football Association and New Zealand Football registered expressions of interest by the April 2014 deadline,[4][5] but in June 2014 it was announced that each would no longer proceed.[6][7] The South African Football Association registered an expression of interest by the April 2014 deadline;[8] however, it later decided to withdraw prior to the final October deadline.[9] 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,[10] whilst Sweden decided to focus on European U-17 competitions instead.[11][12]

The following countries made official bids for hosting the tournament by submitting their documents by 31 October 2014:[13][14]

On 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.[17] 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.

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