2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA – France 2019
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.svg
Official logo
Le moment de briller (Dare to shine)
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates7 June – 7 July
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (4th title)
Runners-up Netherlands
Third place Sweden
Fourth place England
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored146 (2.81 per match)
Attendance1,131,312 (21,756 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Ellen White
United States Alex Morgan
United States Megan Rapinoe
(6 goals each)
Best player(s)United States Megan Rapinoe
Best young playerGermany Giulia Gwinn
Best goalkeeperNetherlands Sari van Veenendaal
Fair play award France

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international 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.

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.

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: England, France, 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 men's and women's World Cup, having hosted the men's tournament in 1938 and 1998.

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