2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: guide to all the stadiums

The Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes hosts the Matildas this Sunday evening (kick off 9:00pm AEST) as Ante Milicic's side launch their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup campaign against Group C opponents Italy.

In the city known as L'Athènes du Nord (Athens of the North), the stadium is the northernmost venue to house a World Cup match in France 2019.

Nine stadiums in total across nine cities host the 52 matches that make up the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Here's your guide to them all. 

Featured image: The Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, before a Ligue 1 match in 2017. The Matildas will play Brazil on Friday, July 14 (kick-off 2:00am AEST) at the venue.

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Parc des Princes, Paris

Founded: 1972

Capacity: 47,929

Location: Paris, the capital of France

Home club: Paris Saint-Germain

How many games will it host? Seven matches in total will be played at the venue, including five group stage fixtures, one round of 16 clash and a quarter-final.

Fun fact: The Parc des Princes is the fifth-largest stadium in France.

Roazhon Park, Rennes

Founded: 1912 

Capacity: 29,778

Location: Rennes, in France's north-west

Home club: Rennes

How many games will it host? Roazhon Park will play host to a total of seven matches: five in the group stage, a round of 16 game and a quarter-final.

Fun fact: The compact venue lends to a wonderful atmosphere when full, while the surface is hybrid grass which combines natural grass with synthetic reinforcing fibres.

Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims

Founded: 1935 

Capacity: 21,127

Location: Reims, northern France

Home club: Stade Reims

How many games will it host? Six matches will be played at the venue, including five in the group stage as well as a round of 16 encounter.

Fun fact: The floodlights in each corner of the stadium are perched on four 75-metre masts that soar high above the stands, leaning inwards towards the pitch and can be seen far into the city.

Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier

Founded: 1972

Capacity: 32,939

Location: Montpellier, southern France

Home club: Montpellier

How many games will it host? There’s five matches at this venue, including the Matildas’ Group C battle with Brazil on Friday, July 14 (kick-off 2:00am AEST). That is one of four group stage matches at the ground, while there will also be a round of 16 match played there.

Fun fact: There’s an uncovered three-tiered stand that stands out above the rest of the venue, while the surrounding countryside provides a stunning background.

Stade de Lyon, Lyon

Founded: 2016

Capacity: 59,186

Location: Lyon, east-central France

Home club: Lyon

How many games will it host? There may only be three games at the venue, but they are the big ones. The stadium will host both semi-finals as well as the final on July 8 (AEST).

Fun fact: As the newest stadium for the tournament, developers placed an emphasis on spectator comfort with plenty of leg room between the seats. There is also an on-site gallery in the stadium if the football isn’t to your liking.

Stade de Nice, Nice

Founded: 2013

Capacity: 35,100

Location: Nice, south-eastern France

Home club: OGC Nice

How many games will it host? Six games will be played in Nice, with four in the group stage, one round of 16 tie as well as the playoff for third place.

Fun fact: With a transparent shell, the ground is well lit in sunlight during the day, while the lighting is spectacular in floodlit matches. It also provides a superb view of the Alps from the stands.

Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

Founded: 2008

Capacity: 20,068

Location: Grenoble, east-central France

Home club: Grenoble Foot 38

How many games will it host? The Matildas will end their group stage campaign at the venue against Jamaica on Wednesday, June 19 (kick-off 5:00am AEST). It’s one of five games the ground will play host to, including a round of 16 fixture.

Fun fact: This stadium uses solar panels and produces more than 70,000 kWh of power per year.

Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes

Founded: 2011

Capacity: 44,043

Location: Valenciennes, northern France

Home club: Valenciennes FC

How many games will it host? The Matildas will begin their World Cup campaign here against Italy on Sunday, June 9 (kick-off 9:00pm AEST). It’s one of four group stage matches in the stadium, while there is also a round of 16 tie and a quarter-final.

Fun fact: The ground was dug so the pitch was below sea level, enabling the stadium to be a low-rise structure in the city.

Stade Oceane, Le Havre

Founded: 2012

Capacity: 25,178

Location: Le Havre, northern France

Home club: Le Havre AC

How many games will it host? There’re seven games to be played at the ground, including five in the group stage, a round of 16 clash and one quarter-final.

Fun fact: The stadiums exterior reflects the venue’s name thanks to a mass of pixelated ocean blue polymer shells.