A summer of Football continues…

Sport / June 6, 2019
by Stephanie Webster

Whilst last summer put us all in a football frenzy, great news – it’s time to do it all again for the Womens World Cup.  The tournament kicks off on the 7th June, in Paris and we thought we’d give you a few facts to give you the competitive edge. 

  • Current defending champions are team USA, they’re the world’s top-ranked side and are among the favourites to win it again. Victory would secure a fourth title in eight tournaments. 
  • Jamaica is the first Caribbean team to qualify, the national team a.k.a The Reggae Girlz, restarted in 2014 after a four year break after their funding was cut. The team returns for the 2019 Womens World Cup after receiving sponsorship from Cedella Marley, who is the daughter of legendary musician Bob Marley.
  • This years’ competition is the first Womens World Cup for Scotland, Chile and South Africa.
  • Brazilian player Marta is arguably the competitions most high-profile player. She’s the World Cup’s all-time top scorer and was named world player of the year for the sixth time in September. However, she has never lifted a world cup trophy.
  • Having made her debut 14 years ago, England’s Karen Carney is the longest-serving player in the England squad, She’s played in 32 games at major tournaments, which is more than any other England player, male or female.
  • This years’ competition mascot is Ettie, a young chicken with a passion for life and football.
  • Canadian captain Christine Sinclair is only four goals away from becoming the all-time top goal scorer, male or female in international football. She has scored 181 goals so far for her country.
  • Australian, Sam Kerr, is the highest rated female player on FIFA 19 – higher than Liverpool’s Mo Salah.
  • Whilst the first match will be played in the country’s capital city Paris, the semi-final and final game will be played in Lyon, home of the French women’s champions and Champions League winners. 
  • This years’ tournament has a prize fund of US$30 million, with the winners earning US$4 million. This is double the amount from the 2015 tournament. However, it is in stark contrast to the US$400 million on offer at the 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia, which saw winners France receive US$38 million alone.

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