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Women's World Cup 2019: Team previews, schedule, how to watch, news and analysis

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Here is all you need to know about the 2019 Women's World Cup, including team previews, schedule, how to watch and latest news:

Monday's matches

Spain vs. United States (6 p.m. local, noon ET)

Ranked No. 13 in the world, Spain is building on the strength of a strong youth program and an improved professional league. They dominated possession in all three group games, including against Germany. The U.S. hasn't faced a possession-oriented team yet and won't want to waste energy chasing passes on what promises to be a hot evening in Reims. Key for the U.S. will be the status of Alex Morgan, who was subbed at halftime of the most recent game in what coach Jill Ellis described as a precautionary move, and Julie Ertz, who missed that game with a hip contusion.

Canada vs. Sweden

Both teams arrive in this game after losses this past Tuesday consigned them to second-place finishes in their respective groups. Canada was more aggressive in its loss to the Netherlands than Sweden was in making lineup changes against the United States. It remains to be seen if the Canadians, especially 36-year-old Christine Sinclair, will pay for that effort. Three goals away from setting the all-time international record, Sinclair was a 20-year-old prodigy when these teams met in the 2003 semifinals, Canada's World Cup high-water mark.

Four matches on Thursday wrapped up group play at the Women's World Cup. Let's take a look at the results and what it meant for teams vying for those final spots in the Round of 16:

Here is how the field filled out with those matches in the books:

  • The Netherlands take Group E outright, with Canada finishing second.

  • Cameroon scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to clinch a spot in the Round of 16. With that result, New Zealand and Argentina were eliminated.

  • After Thursday's early Group E results, Nigeria, Chile and Thailand were fighting for the final third-place spot in the Round of 16.

  • Chile eliminated after failing to score three or more goals and Thailand was ousted after failing to score the 15 goals needed in their Thursday match.

  • Nigeria benefitted from Chile's less-than-three-goals and clinched a spot.

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

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Team previews

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

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