2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup awarded to France

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The 2019 Women’s World Cup will be held in France for the first-time ever.

On Thursday the decision was unveiled in Zurich by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, as France will host the seventh edition of the tournament after beating out South Korea for the honor.

It will be the third time the showpiece tournament will take place in Europe after Sweden in 1995 and Germany in 2011.

France’s national team are emerging as European powerhouses as they lost to USWNT in the final of the recent Algarve Cup but beat the U.S. in a recent friendly in Lorient in February. Les Bleues are currently ranked third in the world and reached the semifinals of the 2011 World Cup after being knocked out by the U.S. and then finishing fourth.

With a thriving club scene as Ligue 1 clubs Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain continue to attract plenty of the world’s top female players, hosting the showpiece tournament for the first time in France and taking it back to Europe makes perfect sense. It also makes France the happening place for soccer in the next few years as the 2016 European Championships also take place in France.

As for the here and the now, France will compete along with 23 other nations at the 2015 World Cup in Canada this summer. For all the latest news on that, look no further.