The French Football Federation (FFF), the governing body for soccer in France, has announced the nine host cities for the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup.
After due consultation with Fifa, it has been decided that games will be staged in Grenoble, La Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes.
It was also revealed that both the opening match and the final of the flagship international soccer tournament will be held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Lyon.
In 2015, Fifa selected France over South Korea to host the eighth edition of the 24-team tournament.
Noël Le Graët, president of the FFF, said: “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.”
Fifa president Gianni Infantino added: “This first step on the road to the Fifa Women’s World Cup 2019 is an important one, as the host cities play a major role in the success of the tournament.
“France has a wealth of experience in organising international competitions and I am delighted that Fifa’s flagship competition for women’s football will benefit from it. There is no doubt that this World Cup will enable the women’s game to continue to flourish in France and around the world.”
The 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup was held in Canada, where the United States were crowned champions after defeating Japan 5-2 in the final.