Just a year after the 2018 edition of the men's World Cup final in Russia, the Women's World Cup 2019 is raring and ready to go and will start on June 7, 2019 and end on July 7, 2019 .
Taking place in France – the first time the country has hosted the tournament and the third time Europe will have done so – next summer's competition will see 24 countries compete for the highest football honour.
Defending champions, the U.S. women's national team are still a strong side and will no doubt be aiming to lift a record fourth World Cup, just a year after the U.S. men's national team were unable to even qualify for the World Cup in Russia.
The qualification process for the Women's World Cup in 2019 was completed in early December, with the group stage for all 24 participants having been confirmed on December 8, 2018.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of next summer's competition.
Women's World Cup 2019 host cities
In 2019, the Women's World Cup will be held in 10 different venues across nine different cities in France, who won the right to host the tournament in March 2015. As hosts, France's national team have automatically qualified for the competition.
Of the 10 venues, seven will stage at least three group stage games. The breakdown of venues and games can be seen in the table below.
|Group stage & Round of 16||Paris||Parc des Princes|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Reims||Stade Auguste-Delaune|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Grenoble||Stade des Alpes|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Rennes||Roazhon Park|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Rennes||Roazhon Park|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Valenciennes||Stade du Hainaut|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Montpellier||Stade de la Mosson|
|Group stage & Round of 16 & third place||Nice||Allianz Riviera|
|Group stage & Round of 16 & Quarter-final||Le Havre||Stade Oceane|
|Semi-finals & Final||Lyon||Parc Olympique Lyonnais|
Where is the Women's World Cup 2019 final?
The final of the 2019 Women's World Cup will be held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, also know as Groupama Stadium, in Lyon on July 7, 2019. The stadium is France's largest-capacity venue and will be able to hold 59,186 fans.
The venue is the home of Ligue 1 side Lyon and also hosted the 2018 Europa League final, which was won by Atletico Madrid.
The stadium was freshly built in 2013 to replace Lyon's former home of Stade de Gerland and also hosted the 2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final – which marked the first time that the event took place outside of Paris.
Lyon's home ground will be one of nine venues hosting the World Cup matches and will also host semi-final fixtures in addition to the final.
It will also be one of the venues for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Women's World Cup 2019 format
Next summer's edition of the Women's World Cup will feature 24 teams broken into six groups of four teams each.
The winner and runner-up of each group will automatically progress to the round of 16.
The four third-place to accumulate the most points will also advance to the knockout stage along with the group winners and second-place finishers.
Women's World Cup 2019 group stage
England will face Scotland in their opening group stage fixture of the World Cup, in a tough group that also involves 2014 finalists Japan.
The USWNT will start their campaign in defense of their 2014 win against Thailand, while Australia will get their tournament underway against Italy.
Group stage fixtures are set to begin the week of June 7, 2019.
|1||France (H)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|2||South Korea||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Norway||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|June 7, 2019||France vs South Korea||8pm||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|June 8, 2019||Norway vs Nigeria||2pm||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
|June 12, 2019||Nigeria vs South Korea||2pm||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble|
|June 12, 2019||France vs Norway||8pm||Allianz Riviera, Nice|
|June 17, 2019||Nigeria vs France||8pm||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
|June 17, 2019||South Korea vs Norway||8pm||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
|1||Germany||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|2||China PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Spain||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|June 8, 2019||Spain vs South Africa||5pm||Stade Oceane, Le Havre|
|June 8, 2019||Germany vs China PR||8pm||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
|June 12, 2019||Germany vs Spain||5pm||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes|
|June 13, 2019||South Africa vs China PR||8pm||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|June 17, 2019||South Africa vs Germany||5pm||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier|
|June 17, 2019||China PR vs Spain||5pm||Stade Oceane, Le Havre|
|1||Australia||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|2||Italy||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Brazil||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|June 9, 2019||Australia vs Italy||12pm||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes|
|June 9, 2019||Brazil vs Jamaica||2:30pm||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble|
|June 13, 2019||Australia vs Brazil||5pm||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier|
|June 14, 2019||Jamaica vs Italy||8pm||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
|June 18, 2019||Jamaica vs Australia||8pm||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble|
|June 18, 2019||Italy vs Brazil||8pm||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes|
|1||England||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|2||Scotland||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Argentina||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|June 9, 2019||England vs Scotland||5pm||Allianz Riviera, Nice|
|June 10, 2019||Argentina vs Japan||5pm||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|June 14, 2019||Japan vs Scotland||2pm||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
|June 14, 2019||England vs Argentina||5pm||Stade Oceane, Le Havre|
|June 19, 2019||Japan vs England||8pm||Allianz Riviera, Nice|
|June 19, 2019||Scotland vs Argentina||8pm||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes|
|1||Canada||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|2||Cameroon||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||New Zealand||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|June 10, 2019||Canada vs Cameroon||8pm||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier|
|June 11, 2019||New Zealand vs Netherlands||2pm||Stade Oceane, Le Havre|
|June 15, 2019||Netherlands vs Cameroon||5pm||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes|
|June 15, 2019||Canada vs New Zealand||8pm||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble|
|June 20, 2019||Netherlands vs Canada||5pm||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
|June 20, 2019||Cameroon vs New Zealand||5pm||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier|
|1||United States||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|2||Thailand||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Chile||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|June 11, 2019||Chile vs Sweden||5pm||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
|June 11, 2019||USWNT vs Thailand||8pm||Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims|
|June 16, 2019||USWNT vs Chile||2pm||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|June 16, 2019||Sweden vs Thailand||5pm||Allianz Riviera, Nice|
|June 20, 2019||Sweden vs USWNT||8pm||Stade Oceane, Le Havre|
|June 20, 2019||Thailand vs Chile||8pm||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
Women's World Cup 2019 tickets
With the tournament taking place next summer, FIFA have not yet released official details on how fans can purchase tickets, but fans can sign up here to receive the information as soon as it is announced.
Further information on ticket sales for the Women’s World Cup will be made available on FIFA.com .
Who are the favourites to win the Women's World Cup 2019?
Defending champions United States are expected to go far in France once again, having won the competition three times.
Experienced stars such as Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath are expected to guide the team to a potential fourth World Cup win. There will be an opportunity to introduce younger talent into the side as the country will look to prepare for the future following Hope Solo's retirement and what could be Carli Lloyd's final international tournament as she turns 37 two days after the 2019 final.
Meanwhile, Les Bleues will be expected to pick up on the momentum left behind by the men's French team, with the host nation eyeing the highest honour in football by winning the tournament on home turf.
The French team's best finish on the world stage was fourth place in the 2011 edition and the side have never progressed past the quarter-final stage of the European Championships.
Germany won gold in the 2016 Rio Oympics but tasted to defeat to the United States in the 2015 semi-finals. They will be looking to bounce back after crashing out of the 2017 Euros in the quarter-finals, despite struggling in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup after losing to France and the U.S.
Japan are one of the most consistent sides in football and were World Cup winners in 2011 and runners-up in 2015. They will be eager to seek revenge on the USWNT, with the two sides having met in the last two finals.
England are arguably a strong contender to go far in France in 2019. Despite going out of the 2015 tournament through a devastating last-minute own goal in the semis the side were still able to finish third after beating Germany.
FC Barcelona and Netherlands star Lieke Martens is expected to push her nation far in the World Cup next summer, while recent Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg is also expected to make waves for Norway in France.