Countdown to the Women's World Cup: 28 days to go
Hold on to your hats, the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ is almost with us, with just 28 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).
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Whatever way you look at it, the FIFA Women's World Cup is a huge event.
Fans will flock to France in their thousands to watch the planet's leading female footballers fight for the right to be called the world's best.
For the players who make their mark at this tournament, their sporting lives will change forever as they show off their skills in front of millions of onlookers.
To give a sense of just how much interest there is likely to be at FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™, take a look back at the figures from the 2015 competition in Canada.
Four years ago, there were more than 28 million views of the tournament on YouTube in the month of June alone – and that figure would have been higher still but for the fact that one semi-final, the third place playoff and the final itself all took place in July.
28 million views – that's 4.5 million more than the population of Australia, or enough to fill the MCG 280 times over.
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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