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 results, bracket, schedule, how to watch and latest news:

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.

  • Bracket: The latest matchups

  • 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.

Hot takes

  • Tom Hamilton: VAR was implemented into the Women's World Cup with the best of intentions, but it has instead taken the focus away from the players' performances. Read

  • Sam Borden: The women in this year's World Cup have used their voices in this tournament to let the world know gender inequality won't be tolerated. Read

Round of 16


What's next for Brazil's Marta?

ESPN Brazil's Natalie Gedra reports on the latest on Marta's future after Brazil was eliminated from the Women's World Cup by France.

Sam Kerr and Australia were upset in the knockout round by Norway, while two soccer stars likely played their last Women's World Cup matches. We break down the Round of 16:

  • Alyssa Roenigk: Grit and belief wouldn't be enough for Australia, nor would the magical foot of its skipper, Sam Kerr. Read

  • Julien Laurens: At 36, this could be Christine Sinclair's last World Cup match. The legend of Canadian football leaves France with just one goal and another disappointing team performance. Read

  • Julie Foudy: Why the USWNT was underwhelming in its win against Spain. Watch

  • Showdown in Paris: Alex Morgan pumped for 'epic' quarterfinal vs. France. Watch

  • Brazil, Marta ousted by France: Captain Amandine Henry scored in extra time as the hosts beat Brazil 2-1 to send Les Bleues into the quarterfinals. Read

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)
South Korea

Confederation of African Football (three teams)
South Africa

CONCACAF (three teams)
United States

CONMEBOL (three teams)

Oceania Football Confederation (one team)
New Zealand

UEFA (nine teams)
France (host)