Twenty-four groups will compete at subsequent 12 months’s match in France, which will likely be held from 7 June to 7 July. Throughout 9 host towns, 52 fits will likely be performed to decide the winner.
Who’re the favorites? Who’re the avid gamers to observe? How did Bob Marley’s daughter lend a hand Jamaica to the finals? Here’s what you want to learn about an match billed as essentially the most aggressive Ladies’s International Cup but.
Twenty-three groups have certified, with France confident a spot as host.
As protecting champions and global No.1 in FIFA’s scores, USA is favourite to retain the crown it gained in Canada 4 years in the past. Victory would protected a fourth name in 8 tournaments and cement the rustic’s standing as essentially the most a success within the pageant’s historical past.
The street to France was once a simple one for USA, beating Mexico 6-Zero, Panama Five-Zero, Trinidad and Tobago 7-Zero sooner than thumping Jamaica 6-Zero within the semifinals of the CONCACAF Ladies’s Championship to protected qualification. A 2-Zero win over Canada within the ultimate clinched an 8th regional name — no different nation has gained greater than two.
Best 4 international locations have gained the match since its inception in 1991 and two-time champions Germany are sturdy contenders as soon as once more, bouncing again from 2015’s semifinal defeat to win gold at Rio 2016. However defeat to France and USA on the 2018 SheBelieves Cup has sown seeds of doubt.
France’s ladies, in the meantime, may just apply their male opposite numbers in 1998 and turn out to be global champions on house soil. It could be a primary main global trophy for the staff which is ranked fourth on this planet. Others to regulate can be 2011 champions Japan, England and Brazil.
The primary-timers — Reggae Girlz
Jamaica is the primary Caribbean staff to qualify for girls’s soccer’s greatest match and the Reggae Girlz did so with lend a hand from Marley’s daughter, Cedella.
8 years in the past, the Jamaican Soccer Federation (JFF) reduce investment to its ladies’s staff, leaving it unranked in FIFA’s global scores because of 3 years of inaction.
However in 2014, Cedella helped flip the staff’s fortunes round, turning into an envoy and sponsoring the staff during the Bob Marley Basis.
“Giant as much as Cedella Marley for placing her neck at the line for us,” head trainer Hue Menzie mentioned after the Reggae Girlz certified with victory over Panama on consequences within the Concacaf Ladies’s Championship third-place playoff.
The 3 different debutants are: Chile, which secured its spot in France with a super Four-Zero win over Argentina within the Copa The united states Femenina, and Scotland and South Africa.
The avid gamers — The best ever objectives for a prize which has eluded her
England additionally had two avid gamers at the Ballon d’Or shortlist and if the English — ranked 1/3 on this planet — are to win the match for the primary time, nominees Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze should shine.
After all, there may be Marta, 32. No participant has scored extra at a Ladies’s International Cup. The Brazilian, six-time FIFA Ladies’s Participant of the 12 months and nicknamed via Pele as “Pele in a skirt,” is broadly considered the best feminine participant in historical past however one trophy has eluded her — the International Cup.
In Dzsenifer Marozsan, Germany has a captain who got here 1/3 in each Fifa’s Easiest awards and the inaugural Ladies’s Ballon d’Or. The playmaker is vital to German hopes, scoring one purpose and 3 assists in 4 qualifiers for France 2019
Every other Lyon participant to appear out for is Amadine Henry, the France captain who has the entirety along with her all-conquering membership which gained the league and Champions League double ultimate season.
The cash — prize fund doubled
USA gained $2 million for profitable in 2015, which was once dwarfed via the $35 million the boys’s champions, Germany, took house.
The prize cash for 2019 has doubled, with FIFA saying that the winners will financial institution $Four million and that the total prize fund has been raised from $15 million in 2015 to $30 million. The prize cash for the 2018 males’s International Cup was once $400 million, with winners France taking house $38 million.
The sector avid gamers’ union FIFPro mentioned the rise for France 2019 was once inadequate, pronouncing in a observation that “soccer stays even farther from the purpose of equality for all International Cup avid gamers irrespective of gender.”
The absence of the sector’s absolute best participant additionally highlights that there’s nonetheless a lot to be completed to growth the ladies’s sport.
The venues — a last out of doors the capital
The match will happen throughout 9 host towns: Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Great, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes.
The primary fit will likely be performed in Parc des Princes in Paris on 7 June, whilst the semifinals and ultimate will likely be performed in Lyon, house of the French ladies’s champions and Champions League winners Olympique Lyonnais, on 2, three and seven July.
The Mascot – a rooster with pastime
For many who suppose Ettie appears acquainted — she is the daughter of Footix, the legit mascot from the 1998 FIFA Males’s International Cup in France.
“Her sturdy circle of relatives connection to the Gallic chicken, who continues to be a well-liked nationwide French image, makes her a becoming selection because the Legitimate Mascot for the FIFA Ladies’s International Cup France 2019,” continues the observation on FIFA’s web site.