2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

Host nation






The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will be the eighth FIFA Women's World Cup. Qualifying for the World Cup is expected to start before the UEFA Euro 2017 in the Netherlands, also in Europe. The host was awarded to France after a win in bidding over South Korea; both countries have hosted the men's FIFA World Cup at least once. South Korea co-hosted with Japan in 2002 and France twice in 1938 and 1998. This will be the third FIFA Women's World Cup to be held in Europe, after 2011 in Germany and 1995 in Sweden.

France will stage three events from 2016 to 2019: the Euro 2016 men's tournament, the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup (held in the same continent as the men's 2018 World Cup) and the senior women's tournament.

This will be two decades after France hosted the men's senior 1998 FIFA World Cup; France won the tournament as the host after defeating Brazil 3-0.

Qualified teams

France automatically qualified as the host, but the United States, the winner of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will not automatically qualify as the defending champion, the same for the 2018 FIFA World CupNorth Korea entered this World Cup after being banned from the 2015 tournament; but eventually didn't qualify. North Korea, a team expected by many to have them on their list of qualified teams, eventually failed to qualify for the Women's World Cup for the second consecutive tournament. Because of North Korea's absence, the AFC representatives are exactly the same from 2015.

Chile qualified for the first time ever, especially taking revenge on the men's team that lost to Brazil and failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Italy qualified for the first time since 1999, avenging their men's shock upset loss to Sweden.

The host bidders for the tournament, France and South Korea, both made their last appearance in the 2015 tournament.


Group stage

The draw will not be held until December 2018. France is automatically seeded and will be playing Group A matches due to hosting the tournament.