Countdown to the Women's World Cup: 25 days to go

Get your new Westfield Matildas shirt and get ready for more footballing thrills and spills. The FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ is almost with us, with just 25 days to go until the tournament kicks off 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 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). is running a series of features counting down the days until the Westfield Matildas begin their challenge for the trophy, continuing today with No.25...

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Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Grounds for optimism: Australia's women begin their World Cup challenge at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes

More than 25,000 fans will have the opportunity to cram into the Stade du Hainaut in the city of Valenciennes to watch the Westfield Matildas take on Italy in Group C's opening match. 

Situated close to the Belgian border, roughly 50km south-east of the city of Lille, Valenciennes is home to French Ligue 2 outfit Valenciennes FC.

Among the club's former players are men's World Cup legends Roger Milla, who starred for Cameroon at the 1982, 1990 and 1994 tournaments, and the ex-France international and 1991 European Footballer of the Year Jean-Pierre Papin.  

Australia's second match of the competition, against Brazil, will take place at the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier on Thursday 13 June (local time) before the Westfield Matildas finish their group-stage travels on Wednesday 19 June (local time) with a fixture against Jamaica's Reggae Girlz at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.

Passports at the ready. Here we go. 

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Jamaica join Australia, Italy and Brazil in Group C, drawn by Brazil men's World Cup star Kaka

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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