As the FIFA Women’s World Cup kick-starts today, Google dedicated its doddle to the International Women’s Football Championship with a drawing displaying women chasing a football at the centre. This is the eight edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and involves women national teams contesting from different parts of the world. The championship event is scheduled to be held from 7 June to 7 July 2019. France won the bid to organise the event this year. It is the first time that France will be hosting the event and third time that a European nation will be hosting the championship. Nine venues have been decided upon which will host the event.

It is the first time that France will be hosting the event and third time that a European nation will be hosting the championship.

Back in time

The Women’s FIFA World Cup which starts today, was founded in 1991, and is being held since then after every four years. The inaugural tournament, then known as the FIFA Women’s World Championship was held in China.  Till now, United States has turned out to be the nation with most titles won, the number of titles won being three. The feat is followed by Germany with two titles and then with Japan and Norway with one titles each. The history of Women’s football saw ban in the early 20th century, which was then lifted by several countries in 1970s. This led to the establishment of new teams across Europe and North America.

Till now, United States has turned out to be the nation with most titles won, the number of titles won being three.

Team that have qualified

24 Teams have qualified to play in the event and compete for the championship title. Out of these, Chile, Jamaica, Scotland and South Africa will be making their Women’s World Cup debuts. Italy will be taking part in the championship for the first time since 1999 and Argentina will be competing for the first time since 2007. United States has again qualified for the event for the eighth time in a row. United States is the nation with most titles won; the feat is followed by Germany with two titles and then by Japan and Norway with one titles each.

Ettie the official mascot
Ettie the official mascot

Some Interesting Facts About The Championship

  • Though the FIFA world cup is being played since 1930, women started playing only after 1970s.
  • In 2015, 24 teams participated in the championship, making it the biggest no, of teams participating in history of Women’s FIFA World Cup.
  • Interestingly, 2015 was the first match where the games were played on artificial grass.
  • This year, there are four new teams making their World Cup debut namely, Chile, Jamaica, Scotland and South Africa.
  • The official Mascot for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France is a young French Poussin named Ettie.

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