• Sam Kerr, captain of the Australian team. (SBS)
Avoid the thrilling action on SBS from 8 June at your own peril.
By
Tanya Modini

6 Jun 2019 - 3:06 PM  UPDATED 11 Jun 2019 - 4:24 PM

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ has been billed as the most competitive yet, featuring the best and most exciting elite football players from around the globe. Not enough motivation for you?

Here's a few more reasons you need to get amongst it...

 

764 million people can’t be wrong

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup smashed a multitude of TV viewing records globally. Held in Canada, 764 million people tuned in across the world, with the final between USA and Japan becoming the most watched football match in US history with 60.7 million viewers.

France is hosting in 2019, and teams from 24 countries will take part in 52 matches across nine cities: Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes, with the semi-finals and final to be played at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, a venue with a capacity of 59,000 in the Lyon suburb of Décines-Charpieu.

Unparalleled cultural diversity

So many countries have a real chance of winning in 2019 creating an unrivalled buzz around the tournament.

The Men’s World Cup has only ever been won by countries from Europe and South America, but the women’s Cup has already gone to three continents despite only commencing in 1991. The USA Women’s National Team (USWNT) are three-time champions and current holders of the title, Germany has won twice, while Norway and Japan have won one title each. 

Bookmakers have the current FIFA number one ranked team, USWNT as favourites to defend their title. But not too far behind and definitely in the mix are France, Germany, England, The Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Sweden and Australia – but really, it’s anyone’s game.

Jamaica will take to the field in 2019 as the first Caribbean team ever to qualify for the Women’s World Cup. After the Jamaican Football Federation cut funding to their women’s team eight years ago, Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella, became an ambassador for the team and sponsored them through the Bob Marley Foundation which allowed the “Reggae Girlz” to continue playing, directly enabling their World Cup qualification. 

The three other debutant teams playing in 2019 are Chile, Scotland and South Africa.

A lot of players to look out for

The inaugural Women’s Ballon d’Or was presented in 2018 to honour the best female association football player. Thirteen of the 15 shortlisted nominees for the Ballon d’Or will be representing their countries in France – among them captain and heartbeat of the German team Dzsenifer Marozsán, The Netherlands forward Lieke Martens, Japanese defender Saki Kumagai and Australian captain Sam Kerr.

Widely regarded as the greatest female player of all time, the inimitable Brazilian player, Marta will once again take the field. Six-time winner of FIFA Women’s Player of the Year and nicknamed “Pele in a skirt”, no player has scored more at a Women’s World Cup. At 32 years old, a World Cup victory has thus far eluded Marta, so you can be sure she will be bringing out her finest and most exciting manoeuvres in France. 

Jamaican striker Khadija Shaw scored no less than 19 goals in 12 matches during World Cup qualifying to help get Jamaica to their first World Cup. Named as The Guardian’s footballer of the year in 2018, Shaw’s journey to elite footballer has been a triumph over adversity and personal tragedy. Growing up in Spanish Town, she lost three brothers to gang violence and another in a car accident. Shaw’s indefatigable spirit and transformational talent have been a driving force in Jamaica’s quest for the World Cup. 

Forward Gaëlle Enganamouit from Cameroon is not only known for her immediately recognisable signature blonde hair and scoring a hat trick at the 2015 World Cup, but she has also opened a women’s football school in her home town of Yaoundé to ensure the women of Cameroon continue playing world-class football into the future.

Acceptance of sexual diversity

Women’s football is far more grown-up about sexuality than the men’s game, which is still in the sexuality dark ages. Here in Australia our first openly gay male football player, Andy Brennan, only felt comfortable enough to come out just last month, while there were 17 publicly out players and coaches at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

2019 Swedish defender Nilla Fischer and USWNT captain Megan Rapinoe, are among the women’s players who have been out for years. This year’s Women’s World Cup will also see the first publicly out engaged or married couple to play on the same national team – for the United States, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris.

Equality, love and pure skill

Hard work, monumental sacrifices and relentless hours of training have been put in by the women playing in the 2019 World Cup. But women’s football continues to be embroiled in a worldwide battle for parity of income and respect with their male counterparts.

If you’re tired of the preening and faking of injuries that men’s football is renowned for, you’ll be happy to know that women football players don’t fake injury nearly as much as men and get back up 30 seconds faster, leaving more time to actually play football. And because they don’t get paid much, you know they’re here for the love of playing.

Watching the dedication and skill level on display at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ will prove why it’s long overdue for women to be equally rewarded.

 

Coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ kicks off with France v Korea on Saturday, 8 June live at 4.00am, then repeated at 9.00am on SBS. You can catch the highlights of each day at 6.00pm on SBS.

All 52 matches live and free on SBS Radio in multiple languages 

 

TELEVISION

LIVE MATCH SCHEDULE: SBS & SBS ON DEMAND
DATE MATCH KICK-OFF (AEST)
Saturday 8 June from 4am*   France v Korea Republic LIVE  5am
Sunday 9 June from 8.30pm* Australia v Italy LIVE 9pm
Friday 14 June from 1.30am* Australia v Brazil LIVE 2am
Wednesday 19 June from 4.30am*  Australia v Jamaica LIVE  5am
 
SBS’s coverage of the Round of 16 will be announced throughout the tournament.  
     
Friday 28 June from 4.30am* Quarter-Final 1 LIVE   5am
Saturday 29 June from 4.30am*  Quarter-Final 2 LIVE  5am
Saturday 29 June from 10.30pm* Quarter-Final 3 LIVE  11pm
Sunday 30 June from 2am* Quarter-Final 4 LIVE 2:30am
 
Wednesday 3 July from 4.30am*  Semi-Final 1 LIVE  5am
Thursday 4 July from 4.30am*  Semi-Final 2 LIVE  5am
 
Sunday 7 July from 12.30am* Playoff for 3rd LIVE If Matildas are playing 1am
     
Monday 8 July from 12.30am*  Final LIVE    1am

All times are subject to change. 

SBS will also be delivering the FIFA Women’s World Cup Today™ daily highlights show on SBS at 6pm* every match day.  

 

DIGITAL

All SBS live matches, replays and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Today™ daily highlights show will be available to enjoy anytime and anywhere at SBS On Demand.

The World Game website and app will stream all SBS matches live alongside the latest scores, video highlights, breaking news, and analysis from all 52 games.

Fans can also join the #WorldGameLIVE discussion show on SBS’s Twitter, from 5.30pm* ahead of every match.

SBS is presenting the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ in partnership with Optus Sport.

 

RADIO

Every match live and free, in multiple languages

SBS Radio will broadcast commentary of all 52 matches of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™, live and free via the SBS Radio mobile app. In addition to the English commentary available on all matches, selected matches will also be offered simultaneously in multiple languages.

SBS Radio will broadcast in seven languages including Mandarin, French, Japanese and Italian, more than any other FIFA Women’s World Cup™ broadcaster. The multilingual coverage is in partnership with respected sports broadcasters from around the world.

Former Matildas goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri will bring all the highlights, insights and behind the scenes buzz of the Matildas’ matches, exclusively from France during the group stage, While the live English match coverage will feature exclusive commentary by former Socceroo goalkeeper Clint Bolton and sports broadcaster Steve Pearce.

Experience the passion of live commentary in multiple languages on the SBS Radio app and nationwide on SBS Radio 3, on digital television, digital radio (DAB+), analogue radio and online.

Download the free SBS Radio app available now at the iTunes App Store and Google Play.