FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019: The Groups

In 2019 the FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place in France, home to the current men’s FIFA World Cup champions, from 7 June to 7 July. The draw for the tournament resulted in the following groups:

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On the Spot!

JD Football has created a study that looks at where players typically aim to score and which parts of the net have the most success rate based on the penalty habits of current World Cup players.

JD Football has used the data from 315 penalties to gather an average and also includes the direction that goalkeepers typically dive or go toward.

Amongst the key findings are:

  • Most penalties are both saved and scored in the bottom left
  • 49% of penalties were saved to the left third of the net
  • 76% of keepers went either left or right, with fewer staying middle
  • The top left has the highest guarantee of scoring although most players are reluctant to take the risk
  • Just 12% of penalties were scored in the top corners of the net
  • Most penalties were scored in the bottom left of the goal 
  • The fewest penalties are scored in the top centre 

 

For more information visit the JD Sports blog.

How much Data in needed to watch the 2018 World Cup

According to Fonehouse, one of the UK’s leading independent mobile phone retailers, they have calculated how much mobile data football fans will need to stream the 2018 FIFA World Cup on their smartphones.

With many games scheduled at times when fans may be at work or on the move, it is highly likely, according to Fonehouse, that they will opt to stream the matches over their mobile data in an effort to catch all of the action. But how much data does it really take to stream the World Cup and follow your team on your mobile phone?

The biggest data requirements will probably come from the top ranked teams such as Argentina, Brazil, France  and Germany. which Fonehouse predict will play an estimated seven games each. If so, football fans will need at least 3.15GB of data available to stream and see them play. Of course, if any of the big teams are unexpectedly knocked out in the early stages of the tournament, this number will decrease significantly.

Other big data demands and expected to come from Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

England fans, according to Fonehouse, will be pleased, or maybe not so pleased if it means that Gareth Southgate’s squad get knocked out in the early stages, to learn that they may only need around 1.8GB of data to stream the England games. But if England go deeper into the tournament then its fans will be using up a lot more data to watch the team play.

To watch all the 2018 World Cup action, Fonehouse estimate fans will need nearly 30GB of data.

In the UK the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be shown on both the BBC and ITV, meaning that fans can conveniently download the BBC iPlayer app and the ITV Hub app to their smartphones to ensure that they don’t miss any of the action.

Brazil’s squad for Russia

Brazil’s manager, Tite, has announced a squad of 23 players for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. They are:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Cássio (Corinthians) and Ederson (Manchester City).

Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter de Milão), Pedro Geromel (Grêmio) and Thiago Silva (PSG).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Paulinho (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan) and Willian (Chelsea).

Forwards: Douglas Costa (Juventus), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (PSG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk).

The squad is set to meet up in Brazil on 21 May before moving on to England on 27 May where they will play Croatia in Liverpool on 3 June. The squad moves to its base in Russia, in Sochi, on 11 June, with its first group game against Switzerland set for 17 June.

Brazil wins Copa America Femenina

Brazil has won the Copa America Femenina and in the process has qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019 (for the 8th consecutive time) and the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo in 2020. Brazil played seven games in the Copa America , won seven, scoring 31 goals and conceding just two.

Chile has taken the second spot for the World Cup, but will have a play off with an African nation for a spot at the Toky Olympics.

UK World Cup TV schedule

ITV and the BBC have sat down and agreed the schedule of matches they will each air during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. ITV will show the opening game between Russia and Saudia Arabia on 14 June, but the networks will go head-to-head when they both broadcast the final live from Moscow on Sunday, 15 July at 16:00.

Following the group stage ITV has the first pick in the last 16. The BBC will have the first two choices of quarter-final games, including England’s if they progress that far.

In the UK most of the games – with a few exceptions – will kick off daily at 13.00, 16.00 and 19.00.

The full UK TV schedule for the 2018 World Cup at the group stage (times are for the UK) is:

Thursday, June 14

  • Russia v Saudi Arabia Moscow 4pm ITV

Friday, June 15

  • Egypt v Uruguay 1pm BBC
  • Morocco v Iran 4pm ITV
  • Portugal v Spain 7pm BBC

Saturday, June 16

  • France v Australia 11am BBC
  • Argentina v Iceland Moscow 2pm ITV
  • Denmark v Peru 5pm BBC
  • Croatia v Nigeria 8pm ITV

Sunday, June 17

  • Costa Rica v Serbia 1pm ITV
  • Germany v Mexico Moscow 4pm BBC
  • Brazil v Switzerland 7pm ITV

Monday, June 18

  • Sweden v South Korea 1pm ITV
  • Belgium v Panama 4pm BBC
  • Tunisia v England 7pm BBC

Tuesday, June 19

  • Colombia v Japan 1pm BBC
  • Poland v Senegal 4pm ITV
  • Russia v Egypt 7pm BBC

Wednesday, June 20

  • Portugal v Morocco 1pm BBC
  • Uruguay v Saudi Arabia 4pm BBC
  • Iran v Spain 7pm ITV

Thursday, June 21

  • France v Peru 1pm ITV
  • Denmark v Australia 4pm ITV
  • Argentina v Croatia 7pm BBC

Friday, June 22

  • Brazil v Costa Rica 1pm ITV
  • Nigeria v Iceland 4pm BBC
  • Serbia v Switzerland 7pm BBC

Saturday, June 23

  • Belgium v Tunisia 1pm BBC
  • Germany v Sweden 4pm ITV
  • South Korea v Mexico 7pm ITV

Sunday, June 24

  • England v Panama 1pm BBC
  • Japan v Senegal 4pm BBC
  • Poland v Colombia 7pm ITV

Monday, June 25

  • Saudi Arabia v Egypt 3pm ITV
  • Uruguay v Russia 3pm ITV
  • Iran v Portugal 7pm BBC
  • Spain v Morocco 7pm BBC

Tuesday, June 26

  • Denmark v France 3pm ITV
  • Australia v Peru 3pm ITV
  • Nigeria v Argentina 7pm BBC
  • Croatia v Iceland 7pm BBC

Wednesday, June 27

  • South Korea v Germany 3pm BBC
  • Mexico v Sweden 3pm BBC
  • Serbia v Brazil 7pm ITV
  • Switzerland v Costa Rica 7pm ITV

Thursday, June 28

  • Japan v Poland 3pm BBC
  • Colombia v Senegal 3pm BBC
  • Panama v Tunisia 7pm ITV
  • England v Belgium 7pm ITV

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