The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is just 32 days away, making it time to check out each group, pick your favorites and get ready to watch. This particular competition is already bound to be historic, with four teams making their World Cup debuts, more than 720,000 tickets already sold, and the opening match, semi-finals and final selling out within 48 hours.
The tournament will be held in nine different cities in France from June 7 to July 7 with the final held in Lyon. Each of the 24 teams are split into six groups (A-F). The top two teams from each group, plus, the four highest-ranking third place teams in each group will advance to the knockout round. Here’s a breakdown of each group and the best games to watch (other than all of them):
Group A holds the host country, South Korea, Norway and Nigeria. France is a top contender in the Cup this year, having beaten the U.S. (the current defending champs of the World Cup) 3-1 and Japan (former World Cup champions) 3-1 in friendlies earlier this year.
Games to watch: France vs. South Korea, which also happens to be the tournaments opening match Friday, June 7, at 3 p.m. ET.
Group B has Germany, China, Spain and South Africa. Germany has beaten out both France and Sweden in friendlies earlier this year, and are currently ranked number two in FIFA’s World Rankings making them another team to keep on your watchlist. China took home two wins against Russia and Cameroon in the 2019 Wuhan International Tournament, while Spain’s recent record has been a mixed bag. South Africa will be making their first ever appearance in this World Cup, making history with each game they play.
Games to watch: Germany vs. China, Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m. ET. Spain vs. South Africa, Saturday, June 8 at noon ET.
Group C includes several notable teams, starting with the up-and-coming Australian team. They have been slowly climbing in FIFA’s rankings despite recent drama with head coaches. Group C also hosts Brazil; whose roster boasts greats such as Marta and Formiga, Jamaica; the first Caribbean nation to ever qualify for a World Cup, and Italy; who have won six of their eight games this year and tying the rest.
Games to watch: Australia vs. Italy, Sunday, June 9 at 7 a.m. ET.
Brazil vs. Jamaica, Sunday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Group D includes England, Scotland, Argentina and the former World Cup champions, Japan. England is ranked number three in FIFA’s World Rankings, just below the U.S. and Germany, and are likely to give Japan a run for their money this World Cup. Scotland is also making their first World Cup appearance against England.
Games to watch: England vs. Scotland, Sunday, June 9 at noon ET.
Argentina vs. Japan, Monday, June 10 at noon ET.
This group holds Canada, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Cameroon. Canada hosted the 2015 World Cup and have been long-time rivals of the U.S. Their captain, Christine Sinclair, ranks second worldwide in international goals scored by any player, man or woman, and will likely be a good player to keep your eyes on.
Games to watch: Canada vs. Cameroon, Monday, June 10 at 3 p.m. ET. New Zealand vs. The Netherlands, Tuesday, June 11 at 9 a.m. ET.
Group F hosts the U.S., Sweden, Thailand and Chile. The U.S. are the reigning World Cup champions, and are eager to defend their title and first-place FIFA ranking. Sweden has had issues with consistency this year, but are still strong contenders. Chile is another first-time team, making their World Cup debut on June 11 against Sweden.
Games to watch: Chile vs. Sweden, Tuesday, June 11 at noon ET. United States vs. Thailand, June 11 at 3 p.m. ET.
Make sure to catch as many games as you can on Fox, FS1, Hulu Live, Telemundo or Universo. Follow along on Action Sports and News for game updates, rankings and more.