Rennes and Le Havre are among the nine cities in France used to officially welcome the women’s football World Cup matches in 2019, FIFA announced Wednesday.
Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris (Parc des Princes), Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes are the nine host cities selected for the Women’s World Cup 2019 held in France, said on Wednesday by the French Football Federation and FIFA . Of the eleven cities that have applied, Auxerre and Nancy were dismissed. “The choice was not easy, all the files submitted by the candidate cities were of high quality” , said Chairman of the “FFF” Christmas Graët in a joint statement with FIFA.
“This event will mobilize our cities, our regions, amateur clubs, professional clubs and the French public. Women’s football is booming, particularly in France. It will be a sporting and popular success, I am sure “ , he added. The opening match and the final of the tournament will be played in Lyon Park in Lyon. A choice that is not insignificant since it is in the wake of the results of the ladies section of the OL, quadruple European champion in 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017, women’s football has grown in France.
“France has a great expertise in organizing international competitions and I am delighted that our flagship women’s football competition enjoys” , said FIFA president Gianni Infantino, said in the same text. The France team, 3rd place in FIFA, will have the ambition to win its first world title after a frustrating elimination in the quarterfinals in 2015 and 4th in 2011. In the short term, the Blues will compete in Euro 2017 in the Netherlands (July 16th – August 6th).