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Women's World Cup Kicks Off!

Article posted on: June 03, 2019

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The FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off on Friday 7th June when hosts France take on South Korea at the Parc des Princes in Paris!

Where is it being held?

The eighth edition of the tournament will be played out across nine French cities including Nice, Montpellier and Rennes, with the semi-finals and final being held in Lyon. 

Lyon earned the honour of hosting the final thanks to its strong history of women’s football – in the past decade Olympique Lyonnais Féminin have dominated the game, winning five Champions League titles and 13 consecutive domestic league titles to date. 

What are England’s chances?

England go into their sixth World Cup having never lifted the trophy. However, they are among the favourites for this year, having won the SheBelieves Cup for the first time in March. 

England are currently ranked third in the world and finished third at the 2015 World Cup - so will be pushing to better that. 

They conceded just one goal en route to qualifying for the tournament, going 688 minutes without conceding. 

And England have plenty of talent up front.

There’s Barça’s Toni Duggan who helped her club reach the UEFA Women’s Champions League final.

Nikita Parris, the top English scorer in the Women’s Super League will also be a key player, as will Georgia Stanway – winner of the U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 Silver Boot.

And let's not forget Fran Kirby, who has scored 7 goals in 8 Women’s Super League starts so far. 

So, England are going to win it then?

Not so fast – the competition is fierce! 

So far, only four nations have lifted the trophy – the United States, Norway, Germany and Japan. 

The US have won it three times and are the current reigning champions, so it’s no surprise that they head into the tournament as favourites. 

And France, as the home nation, are also looking strong, thanks to impassioned home support and a solid domestic league. 

The Netherlands will also be one to watch. It will only be their second World Cup and they did stumble in qualifying but, having won the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017, it would be wrong to write them off. 

What else do I need to know?

This will be the first Women’s World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR). 

And the official slogan of the tournament is ‘Dare to Shine’ or ‘Le moment de briller’ in French.  

Seven awards will be given out at the end of the tournament, including the Golden Ball, the Golden Boot and the Golden Glove. 

This could be the last opportunity to see the legendary Marta at a World Cup. The 33-year-old Brazilian is the tournament’s all-time top goalscorer and often described as the best female football player of all time.  

Want to encourage your students’ enthusiasm for football?

Hopefully, your girls will be inspired by the Women’s World Cup. Why not encourage this with a school football tour? Contact us today for further information or to request a tailor-made quote

 

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