The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will kick off on the 7th of June 2019. There are 24 teams in the tournament and three African teams are representing the continent. Now in its eighth edition, many analysts are tipping the U.S. team to win the title for the second consecutive time.
The tournament which holds every four years will be hosted by France. As the host nation, France automatically earned a spot in the tournament. However, this is the first time for France and the third time for a European nation. This will also be the first time the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be using a video assistant referee (VAR). The schedule can be viewed here.
African teams at the FIFA Women’s World Cup
The tournament will last from June 7th to July 7th. The African qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup took place between November 17th and December 1st 2018 in Ghana. During the qualifiers, Nigeria, Cameroon, and South Africa claimed the continent’s qualification slots. However, Europe has the highest slot (8) while Asia is second with 5 slots.
Group A – Nigeria Super Falcons
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have been to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 8 times. However, their best result was in 1999 when they reached the quarterfinals. They have been to the African Women’s Championship 13 times and won the cup 11 times. If an African team is going to cause an upset to this year’s tournament, it is likely going to be Nigeria. The Nigerian team currently has a FIFA rating of 39. Nigeria will play their first game on June 8 with Norway. The schedule for Nigerian games are as follows;
- Nigeria vs Norway June 8, 2019, Stade Auguste-Delaune (Reims)
- Nigeria vs Korea Republic June 12, 2019, Stade des Alpes (Grenoble)
- Nigeria vs France June 17, 2019, Roazhon Park (Rennes)
Group B – South Africa Bayana Bayana
The South African female team (Bayana Bayana) will be making their FIFA Women’s World Cup debut. However, they have made 12 appearances at the Africa Women Cup of Nations. Like many debutants, not much is expected from this team as they lack the experience of playing at this level. The South African team currently has a FIFA rating of 48. South Africa will play their first game on June 8 with Spain. The schedule for South African games are as follows;
- Spain vs South Africa June 8, 2019, Stade Oceane (Le Havre)
- South Africa vs China June 13, 2019, Parc des Princes (Paris)
- South Africa vs Germany June 17, 2019, Stade de la Masson (Montpellier)
Group E – Cameroon Indomitable Lionesses
The Cameroon team made their debut appearance in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. In that same tournament, they were able to advance to the round of 16. Consequently, this will be their second appearance at the Mundial. The team has also made 12 appearances at the African Women Cup of Nations. The West African team may not be favorites to win the trophy but they will definitely not be pushovers. The Cameroonian team currently has a FIFA rating of 46. Cameroon will play their first game on June 10 with Canada. The schedule for Cameroon games are as follows;
- Canada vs Cameroon June 10, 2019, Stade de la Mosson (Montpellier)
- Netherlands vs Cameroon June 15, 2019, Stade du Hainaut (Valenciennes)
- Cameroon vs New Zealand June 20, 2019, Stade de la Mosson (Montpellier)
Venues for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
This year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup will hold across 9 cities. The opening march will be at the 48,000 capacity Parc des Princes in Paris. However, 59,000 capacity Parc Olympique Lyonnais will host the semi-finals and finals.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup has 6 groups comprising of 4 teams each. Each of the teams will play a game with their group members. The winning team earns three points while a draw is one point. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage. The remaining 4 teams to join the knockout stage will be selected based on FIFA predetermined criteria. The groups are as follows;
- Group A: France, Norway, South Korea, Nigeria
- Group B: Germany, Spain, China, South Africa
- Group C: Italy, Brazil, Australia, Jamaica
- Group D: England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan
- Group E: Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand. Cameroon
- Group F: Sweden, United States, Chile, Thailand
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