Women's World Cup 2019: Team previews, schedule, how to watch, news and analysis
Here is all you need to know about the 2019 Women's World Cup, including team previews, schedule, how to watch and latest news:
Wednesday's matches: What's at stake
As group-stage play rounds out this week, teams are vying for overall group wins and spots in the knockout round in France. Here is what is at stake leading into Wednesday's matches:
- Japan versus England, 9 p.m. local time/3 p.m. ET (Stade de Nice in Nice)
- Scotland versus Argentina, 9 p.m. local time/3 p.m. ET (Parc des Princes in Paris)
- Latest table: Group D standings
While England and Japan have both already secured spots in the round of 16, their Wednesday clash will determine their overall finishes in Group D. England will clinch the group with a win or draw, while a Japan win puts it in first place and pushes the Lionesses to second. Scotland (0 points in group) and Argentina (1 point) each needs a victory to have any realistic chance of advancing to round of 16.
The 411: Women's World Cup 2019
- When: The tournament began June 7 and ends July 7.
- Where: Venues include Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon), Parc des Princes (Paris), Allianz Riviera (Nice), Stade de la Mosson (Montpellier), Roazhon Park (Rennes), Stade Océane (Le Havre), Stade du Hainaut (Valenciennes), Stade Auguste-Delaune (Reims), Stade des Alpes (Grenoble).
- Complete schedule: Host France opened the tournament against South Korea on June 7. Click here for the full schedule.
- How to watch: In the United States, Fox and FS1 will carry matches in English, while Telemundo and Universo will televise the event in Spanish. The BBC (UK), Optus Sport (Australia), DirecTV Sports (sub-Saharan Africa) and CTV/RDS/TSN (Canada) are some of the other carriers.
The '99ers: 20 years later
It was the team that changed it all for women's soccer -- and female athletes. Here are the golden memories of the USWNT of '99. Photos
- Elaine Teng: Reflections from a Chinese American home during the 1999 Women's World Cup final. Even while banished to the other room for cheering for the U.S., this 9-year-old felt the world come together during an epic final. Read
- Becky Sauerbrunn thanks her childhood hero, Carla Overbeck: I'll never forget the day I watched Carla Overbeck lead the '99ers to a World Cup title. Now I'm trying to win a second Cup with the USWNT. Read
Previewing the tournament
More preview stories from ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine:
- Bonnie D. Ford: Why you won't see the world's best player at the Women's World Cup. Read
- Allison Glock: Off the field, U.S. women's national team star Julie Ertz is a ball of sunshine. On the field, Ertz is a physical and technical threat, a ruthless midfielder who will be a key component for the USWNT's success at the Women's World Cup. Read
- Bonnie D. Ford: Can host nation France withstand the pressure to win its first Women's World Cup? Read
- Ford: Wendie Renard shares the journey that took her 4,000 miles from home to a possible first championship with France. Read
- Alyssa Roenigk: Australia's first women's soccer superstar knows that her performance in the 2019 Women's World Cup could redefine what's possible for Aussie women. Read
More on the USWNT:
- Subscribe to ESPN+: Watch Alex Morgan's five-part documentary series, available exclusively on ESPN+
- Mina Kimes: Mal Pugh leads the USWNT youth movement toward the World Cup
- Julie Foudy: An exclusive E:60 interview with Tobin Heath
Here are the groups and team-by-team previews for all 24 countries in the Women's World Cup:
How the teams qualified
After qualifying matches played between April 2017 and Dec. 1, 2018, 24 teams reached the tournament. The allotment of slots is the same as the previous Women's World Cup. Here are the teams listed by confederation:
Asian Football Confederation (five teams)
Confederation of African Football (three teams)
CONCACAF (three teams)
CONMEBOL (three teams)
Oceania Football Confederation (one team)
UEFA (nine teams)