PARIS: Reigning champions United States, the most successful team in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history, begin their France 2019 campaign today.
Thailand will be aiming to frustrate the holders, while debutantes Chile and New Zealand are on the hunt for upsets of their own against Sweden and the Netherlands respectively.
Matches for 11 June
#10 New Zealand vs. Netherlands at 15:00 (Stade Océane, Le Havre)
#12 Chile vs. Sweden at 18:00 (Roazhon Park, Rennes)
#11 USA vs. Thailand at 21:00 (Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims)
All times local
Stats of the Day
New Zealand vs. Netherlands
The Netherlands’ maiden match in the Women’s World Cup was also against New Zealand, on 6 June 2015, when the Dutch prevailed 1-0 thanks to a goal by Lieke Martens in the 33th minute.
Chile vs. Sweden
The pair have never played each other before. Chile are the fifth South American side to participate in the Women’s World Cup after Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and finally Ecuador, who were the last debutants in 2015 in Canada.
USA vs. Thailand
Averaging 29 years old, USA are the tournament’s oldest team and the second-oldest in the competition’s history. The record is held by the previous American squad at the Canada finals four years ago, whose members had an average age of 29 years and five months.