The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is hosted by France from 7 June to 7 July.
The 52 matches will be spread over nine venues; Valenciennes, Le Havre, Reims, Paris, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, Nice and Montpellier.
The semi-finals and final will be at the Stade de Lyon which opened its doors in 2016. Its capacity just over 58,000 and it is the third largest stadium in France in terms of capacity.
The games will be broadcast on Sky TV in New Zealand with the Football Ferns’ group matches at 1am, 4am and 7am.
Football Ferns group match schedule:
Wednesday 12 June, 1am, NZ vs Netherlands, Le Havre
Sunday 16 June, 7am, NZ vs Canada, Grenoble
Friday 21 June, 4am, NZ vs Cameroon, Montpellier
The Football Ferns qualified for the tournament after winning the OFC Nations Cup last year.
It was their fourth consecutive Oceania title and they went through the competition unbeaten, scoring 43 goals and conceding none.
New Zealand won it’s first Oceania Nations Cup in 1991 and qualified for the inaugural World Cup.
Following Australia’s move to the Asian Confederation, the Football Ferns have won the last four tournaments without too many problems.
American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji were involved in qualifying. New Zealand played Tonga, the Cooks Islands and Fiji in the group stage and then beat New Caledonia in the semi-finals and Fiji in the final.
This is the fifth time the Football Ferns have been to the World Cup. The first was at the inaugural tournament in China in 1991 when they lost all three games.
They managed their first draw in 2011 against Mexico, but have never won a game, and have subsequently never managed to get out of their group. They’ve played 12 matches for no wins, three draws and nine losses.
While the the Football Ferns have never had success at the tournament, the New Zealand Under 17 Women’s team won bronze at last year’s tournament, proving we can compete on the big stage in the most populous sport on the globe.