Enjoy the Women’s World Cup in France this summer
 

Staff writer – June 7, 2019

The football Women’s World Cup will be played by the national teams of the member associations of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) between 7 June and 7 July 2019. For the first time, France will host the tournament, where matches are planned for nine cities across the country: Lyon, Paris, Nice, Montpellier, Rennes, Le Havre, Valenciennes, Reims and Grenoble. It will also be the first time to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

If you’re a football fan, this is your chance to enjoy the best football and to explore France, an amazing tourist destination. And, if you’re a travel agent, consider offering a sports tour packages consisting of one or several matches, plus other activities in different parts of France.

 

Some Background
 

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. In March 2015, France won the right to host the event, the first time the country will host the tournament, and the third time a European nation will.

 

There are 24 teams qualified for the finals, which are divided into 4 pots. Here they are along with the team’s world standings leading up to the tournament:

 

After the qualifying round, top teams will go through to the Round of 16 for the knockout stages leading up to the final.

For the first time, the World Cup will be used by UEFA to qualify three teams for the 2020 Summer Olympic women’s football tournament in Japan, another reason to motivate the teams to go all the way to the final.

What happened at the 2015 World Cup?
 

The Women’s World Cup, like the FIFA World Cup, is held every four years, and the last one was held in Canada, where the United States women’s national team won the 2015 World Cup by beating Japan in the final.

Where and when will the tournament be played?
 

The opening match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup will be played at Parc des Princes in Paris on 7 June, when the group qualifying round will kick off with the host France facing South Korea.

The semi-finals will take place on 2 & 3 July and the final will be played on 7 July, and the 3 games will be played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, a 60,000 capacity stadium in the outskirts of Lyon.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
France Netherlands South Korea Argentina
United States Japan China PR Chile
Germany Sweden Italy Nigeria
England Brazil New Zealand Cameroon
Canada Spain Scotland South Africa
Australia Norway Thailand Jamaica

How to approach your trip to France?
 

Since there are plenty of matches in 9 different cities, you could pick one city, get to know it well, and attend all the matches that take place there. But if this is your vacation, especially if you’ve never been to France, you may want to explore more of the country—and see more matches in the process. In this direction, a popular option for fans is to follow their national team wherever they play.

The Women’s World Cup in France this summer promises to be an amazing event in the most fabulous locations, so whichever matches you decide to see and whichever cities you choose to explore, you are in for a treat.