Women’s World Cup 2019: Nearly one million tickets sold as France set to open tournament

The eighth Women’s World Cup begins in France on Friday with nearly a million tickets sold for the tournament.

England and Scotland are among the 24 teams taking part and will face each other in their first match in Group D in Nice on Sunday (17:00 BST).

Hosts France will meet South Korea at a sold-out Parc des Princes in Friday’s opening game in Paris (20:00).

Defending champions the United States get their campaign under way against Thailand on Tuesday, 11 June.

Six groups of four teams will compete for the 16 places in the knockout phase, on the road to the final on Sunday, 7 July in Lyon.

VAR, the video assistant referee system, will be used in the tournament for the first time, while the £24m awarded to participating teams in 2019 is double the amount of 2015, albeit a long way short of the £315m prize pot at the 2018’s men’s World Cup.

A total of 950,000 tickets have been sold so far for the month-long tournament.

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