The 8th Edition of FIFA Women’s World Cup starts this week with the first match being played in Paris. A total of 52 matches will be played by 24 countries, in 9 different cities of the host nation France.
The number of countries playing has doubled since 1991, when the first Women’s World Cup was held in China. Talk about numbers, a hundred and forty three countries participated in the qualifying process! In fact, 30 million dollars, the total prize money for FIFA Women’s World Cup’19 is double the amount that was decided in 2015. In a world where women are fighting a never-ending battle for equal opportunities and equal rights, this feels like a win already.
So who do you need to keep an eye out for? For starters Nikita Parris (striker for England), Yui Hasegawa (midfielder for Japan), Ludmila Da Silva (wide attacker for Brazil), Griedge Mbock Bathy (central defender for France) among others. But our favourite is USA’s Mallory Pugh, who made her national team debut at the young age of 17. Today, at 21 years old, she scored 16 goals for the US and won over 50 caps. You go, girl.
Another super cool addition is the VAR system. It will be the first Women’s World Cup to use Video Assistant Referee. The final will be played in Lyon on the 7th of July in Lyon. We can’t wait to watch these amazing women power-kick their way through!