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15 Jun 2017

Nine host cities named for 2019 Women’s World Cup

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The French Football Association and Fifa have revealed the cities which will stage matches at soccer's Women’s World Cup in 2019.

The nine host cities are: Grenoble (Stade des Alpes); Lyon (Parc Olympique Lyonnais); Le Havre (Stade Oceane); Montpellier (Stade de la Mosson); Nice (Allianz Riviera); Paris (Parc des Princes); Reims (Stade Auguste-Delaune); Rennes (Roazhon Park); and Valenciennes (Stade du Hainaut). 

The 58,000-seater Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium will stage the opening match and final. 

The stadium opened in January 2016 in time to stage matches at the men's European Championships in France last summer.

It is one of three Euro 2016 venues that will stage matches in the Women's World Cup. 

FFF president Noël Le Graët commented: “It wasn’t an easy choice, as all of the dossiers presented by the candidate cities were of a high quality. We are proud to be organising the eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will bring together 24 countries and attract many foreign visitors.

"This event will mobilise our cities, our regions, amateur and professional clubs and the people of France. Women’s football is on the rise, especially in France. I am convinced that the tournament will be a huge success, both from a sporting perspective and with the public.”

France beat South Korea for the right to stage the top international women’s soccer competition, and will also host the 2018 Under-20 Women’s Cup as a dress rehearsal.