(Reuters) – Australia and New Zealand are co-hosting the ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, making it the first to have more than one host nation.
WHEN IS THE WORLD CUP FINAL?
The World Cup final will be held on Sunday, Aug. 20. The match will kick off at 1000 GMT (8 p.m. local time).
WHICH TEAMS ARE IN THE WORLD CUP FINAL?
England and Spain will contest the final. England are European champions having beaten Germany in the final last year at Wembley. It will be the first Women’s World Cup final not involving either the United States or Germany.
WHICH STADIUM IS HOSTING THE FINAL?
Stadium Australia in Sydney will host the World Cup final. It is the largest venue being used for the tournament and seats nearly 75,000 spectators.
Built for the Sydney 2000 Olympics with an original capacity of more than 100,000, it also hosted the final of the 2003 men’s Rugby World Cup, which England won.
At this tournament, it hosted Australia’s opening game against Ireland and matches in each of the knockout rounds, all of sellouts.
WHO ARE THE FAVOURITES TO WIN THE WORLD CUP?
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE SCORES ARE TIED?
If the scores are tied at the end of the 90 minutes of regulation time, an extra 30 minutes are played.
If the scores are still tied after extra time, the title is decided by a penalty shootout. In the first phase of the shootout, each team takes five penalties. If the scores are still tied after that, the shootout goes into sudden death.
FULL LIST OF TEAMS THAT TOOK PART IN THE TOURNAMENT
The World Cup began with 32 teams competing in a groupstage, with teams divided into eight groups of four.
* Group A: New Zealand (hosts), Norway, Philippines,Switzerland
* Group B: Australia (hosts), Canada, Nigeria, Ireland
* Group C: Costa Rica, Japan, Spain, Zambia
* Group D: China, Denmark, England, Haiti
* Group E: Netherlands, Portugal, United States, Vietnam
* Group F: Brazil, France, Jamaica, Panama
* Group G: Argentina, Italy, South Africa, Sweden
* Group H: Colombia, Germany, South Korea, Morocco
(Compiled by Pearl Josephine Nazare in Bengaluru and Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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