Everything you need to know about the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019

By Thom Craver

/ CBS News

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off in Paris, France, on June 7, marking the first time the country has hosted the tournament. The U.S. team is currently the favorite to win the title for the second consecutive year.

The tournament, which is held every four years, has two stages: the group stage and the knockout stage. In the group stage, each of the 24 teams are broken into six groups where they play one match against their group opponents, tallying three points for a win and one for a draw.

The top 16 teams advance to the knockout stage, a traditional single-elimination bracket format played until one winner remains.

Alex Morgan celebrates with Megan Rapinoe on April 4, 2019 in Commerce City, Colorado. Michael Ciaglo / Getty

2019 Women's World Cup Groups and favorites

Here are each of the groups and teams playing in the 2019 Women's World Cup. The parenthetical number next to each team is their world rank, according to FIFA. All matches will be broadcast on FOX and FS1. Watch online with fuboTV (try for free). All times Eastern.

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Group A

1. France (4)
2. Norway (12)
3. South Korea (14)
4. Nigeria (38)

Group favorite: France

Group A match schedule

Group B

1. Germany (2)
2. Spain (13)
3. China (16)
4. South Africa (49)

Group favorite: Germany

Group B match schedule

Group C

1. Italy (15)
2. Brazil (10)
3. Australia (6)
4. Jamaica (53)

Group favorite: Australia

Group C match schedule

Group D

1. England (3)
2. Scotland (20)
3. Argentina (37)
4. Japan (7)

Group favorite: England

Group D match schedule

Group E

1. Netherlands (8)
2. Canada (5)
3. New Zealand (19)
4. Cameroon (46)

Group favorite: Netherlands

Group E match schedule

Group F

1. Sweden (9)
2. United States (1)
3. Chile (39)
4. Thailand (34)

Group favorite: United States

Group F match schedule

Qualifying for the Knockout Stage

The Winner and runner-up from each of the six groups automatically advance to the knockout stage round of 16. The remaining four teams are selected by the next-highest point totals in the following groupings: A-C-D, B-E-F, C-D-E and A-B-F. There are eight tiebreakers for each of the third-place teams ranging from number of goals scored, number of goals allowed and fouls accumulated. If two teams are dead even after all tiebreakers, lots are drawn to determine which advances.

Opening ceremonies

Before host country France plays South Korea in the first match, French singer-songwriter Jain will perform in front of the fans at Parc des Princes in Paris. The 27-year old has released two albums and a few top-10 hits on the European charts.

FIFA Women's World Cup Mascot – ettie

Like the Olympics, part of the buzz around a World Cup event is the mascot. The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup mascot is named ettie, intentionally spelled with a lowercase "e."

FIFA describes ettie as a young chicken with a passion for life and football. The yellow chicken is described as the daughter of Footix – the blue and red rooster who was the mascot for the 2018 World Cup, also held in France.

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First published on May 29, 2019 / 4:41 PM

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Thom Craver

Thom is a technical analyst for CBS Interactive.

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