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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

We rank the top 25 female football players who are set to take over at the Women's World Cup 2019 in France. Simply put, they are the best of the best. Our list | En español | Em português

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:

Team previews

The semifinals and final of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will be held at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France.
France will need Amandine Henry to play well if the host country has any chance of winning this year's World Cup.

Here are the groups and team-by-team previews for all 24 countries in the Women's World Cup:

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

How the teams qualified

The semifinals and final of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will be held at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France.

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)
Australia
China
Japan
South Korea
Thailand

Confederation of African Football (three teams)
Cameroon
Nigeria
South Africa

CONCACAF (three teams)
Canada
Jamaica
United States

CONMEBOL (three teams)
Argentina
Brazil
Chile

Oceania Football Confederation (one team)
New Zealand

UEFA (nine teams)
England
France (host)
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Scotland
Spain
Sweden

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