Quick Guide to the FIFA Women’s World Cup™

In just under one month the world’s biggest women’s sporting event, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, will kick off in Paris. 

The 8th edition of the tournament brings together 24 nations, featuring the world’s best women’s footballers competing over 30 days of competition in France. 

Since 1991 the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ has seen 32 nations from all six FIFA confederations compete in the tournament.  Seven of those nations – USA, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Brazil and Nigeria - have qualified for every tournament. 

Only the USA (3), Germany (2), Norway (1) and Japan (1) have lifted the coveted 47cm, 4.6kg gold plated trophy.  

Australia has been a regular participant since qualifying for its first tournament in 1995 and this June the Matildas will compete in their seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup™.

What is the format of the tournament? 

The FIFA Women’s World Cup™ has two stages; the group stage and the knockout stage. 

For the group stage, the participating nations are drawn into groups of four. 

Each nation plays three matches in this early group stage of the tournament.  Points are used to rank the teams, with a win resulting in three points, a draw receiving one point and zero points for a loss. 

At the end of the group stage the points are tallied, and the top two teams in each group gain automatic qualification to the knockout stage. 

The four best ranked third placed teams also qualify for the knockout stages. 

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For the knockout stages, it’s all on the line. Each match sees the winner progressing to the next round, while the defeated nation bows out of the tournament. The knockout stage progresses until only two nations are left standing. 

On 7 July 2019 the last two nations remaining will battle it out for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ title at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. 

Where can I watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Australia? 

With an anticipated worldwide audience of over 1 billion people, SBS and Optus Sport will be showing all the action at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.  

On free-to-air TV, SBS have every Matildas group game live with Bid Champion Sarah Walsh in live commentary alongside respected broadcaster David Basheer. 

SBS will also show every game from the Quarter-Finals to the Final.

As well as the match action, SBS will broadcast a daily highlights and analysis show to help fans catch up on any action they may have missed. 

Led by Bid Champion Amy Duggan as host, Optus Sport will have complete pre and post-match coverage to complement their live broadcast of all 52 matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.  

We’re all set for another record-breaking tournament. 

FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Facts and Figures:

  • The FIFA Women’s World Cup™ has seen 5,906,286 spectators across its seven editions
  • There have been 5 different hosts of the tournament – China, Sweden, USA, Germany and Canada.  Only China and the USA have hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ twice
  • 1,586 players have made an appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ with Brazil’s Formiga (6) and Japan’s Homare Sawa (6) holding the record for the greatest number of tournaments – a feat that has never been achieved by any footballer, male or female
  • 771 goals have been scored across the seven tournaments with Brazilian superstar Marta (15) claiming the title to the greatest number of goals