The squad has been announced, and it's only a little more than three weeks until the big kick-off. The FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ is almost with us, with just 22 days to go until the action gets underway at Parc des Princes in Paris.
The opening fixture will see hosts France take on Korea Republic at 9.00pm local time on 7 June (5.00am, 8 June, AEST), with the Westfield Matildas in action for the first time when they face Italy in Valenciennes on 9 June at 1.00pm local time (9.00pm AEST).
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Over the course of six FIFA Women's World Cups – contesting every edition bar the first back in 1991 – Australia has played a total of 22 matches on the sport's biggest stage.
The team has faced 12 different opponents over that time, playing three times each against Brazil, China, Ghana and Sweden, and twice against Norway and the United States.
Brazil will become the green and gold's 'most-played-against opponent' in World Cup history in mid-June when the teams go head-to-head in a crucial Group C clash.
The Westfield Matildas have qualified for the quarter-finals at the last three World Cups (China 2007, Germany 2011 and Canada 2015), and last time out lost just twice in five games to reach the last eight.
FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Group C – Australia Matches
Australia v Italy
Date: Sunday, 9 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Kick-off: 9.00pm AEST (1.00pm local time, same day)
Australia v Brazil
Date: Friday, 14 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Kick-off: 2.00am AEST (6.00pm local time, Thursday 13 June)
Jamaica v Australia
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Kick-off: 5.00am AEST (9.00pm local time, Tuesday 18 June)
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