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The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France™ is underway! This international sporting event will go on through July 7 in nine host cities in France. Let’s find out more about the tournament!
FIFA (FEE-fah) is a French acronym for the International Federation of Association Football. It is the organization in charge of the Women’s World Cup and other international soccer tournaments.
How it works
This year’s tournament is the eighth football World Cup for women’s teams. This is the first time France has been the host.
FIFA organizes members into six confederations, or groups. Each confederation hosts a tournament to determine which teams qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
The World Cup has two stages,
or parts: group play and knockout play. In group play, each team plays the other three teams in its assigned group. If a team wins, it receives three points; a draw, or a tie, is awarded one point. The two teams with the most points in each group then advance to the knockout stage, where a loss means elimination.
Soccer in the news
In March, 28 members of the U.S. women’s soccer national team pool filed a lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, asking for women players to be paid the same as men on the national team. They believe they are victims of gender discrimination, or treating someone differently because of their sex.
The official mascot of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ is Ettie, a young chicken. She is the daughter of the mascot for the 1998 FIFA World Cup™ France, Footix.
Ettie’s name comes from the French word for star, étoile. She comes from a long line of Gallic roosters — a national French symbol.
France’s host cities
In France, nine cities will host Women’s World Cup matches. See if you can find these cities on a globe or in an atlas:
- Le Havre
Check your newspaper to find out where to watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
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