The year 2018 may be drawing to a close, but one of its most exciting moments is still to come: the Draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ will be held on 8 December 2018! Anticipation is growing among not just the participating teams but also fans from all over the world. Football lovers cannot wait to find out who their country has been drawn against, and in which cities they will be able to watch the matches.
To help the time pass more quickly, and to whet your appetite even more, FIFA.com has started its countdown to the draw. Every day, we are offering a statistic or a piece of information linked to the biggest event in women’s football.
Just three days to go!
As in the number of times France has been chosen to host a senior edition of the FIFA World Cup™. That honour was first bestowed upon the country on the occasion of the 1938 World Cup, an event played out at modernised stadiums and won by Italy, who eliminated the hosts at the quarter-final stage. The event was a huge success, despite the fact that, away from the field of play, Europe was on the verge of being torn apart by the Second World War. France would have to wait 50 years for its next chance to stage the World Cup, at the 1998 edition. The event was to make an indelible mark on the history of French football, as the hosts – led by head coach Aime Jacquet, captain Didier Deschamps and star player Zinedine Zidane – were crowned world champions for the first time. Now, two decades on from that triumph, France is once more preparing to welcome the very best footballers in the world to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019. All the pieces are in place to make it another historic event!
All you need to know about France: