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Welcome to the home of Free Lionesses - all our information on the Women's World Cup, which kicks off in France on 7th June. We'll be updating this page with our various slices of tournament coverage, including from our team of fans' embassy volunteers who'll be on the ground in France, following the Lionesses every step of the way. You can follow them @FreeLionesses on Twitter.

By the time the tournament kicks off we'll have a full run-down of all the key information on getting around France, how to stay safe and secure and all the other essential info on the tournament, whether you're making the trip for just one game or following the team every step of the way. 

Kick-starting this, we will have venue guides to all England's potential routes to glory in Lyon on 7th July. Of the 9 host cities, the only two that England definitely won't feature in at any point are Reims and Montpellier. Everything else depends how Phil Neville's team perform on the pitch. For more on that, see below:

England group stage venues

  • Nice - England kick-off their tournament against Scotland on Friday 7th June, and return to face Japan on Wednesday 19th June
  • Le Havre - England's second group stage game against Argentina takes place here on Friday 14th June

Round of 16 venues

  • Valenciennes - England's venue if they top Group D, on Sunday 23rd June
  • Rennes - England's venue if they finish runners-up in Group D, on Tuesday 25th June

Should England finish third and qualify as one of the best 3rd place teams, they will play either in Grenoble (on Saturday 22nd June) or head back to Le Havre (on Sunday 23rd June). 

Quarter finals and beyond

  • If England top the group and win in Valenciennes, their quarter-final will take place in Le Havre on Thursday 27th June.
  • If they finish as runners-up and win in Rennes, they will play a quarter-final in Valenciennes on Saturday 29th June. 
  • If their last 16 game is in Grenoble, their quarter-final will take place in Rennes on Saturday 29th June
  • If their third-placed finish puts them in Le Havre, a quarter-final would then take place in Paris on Friday 28th June

Thankfully, both semi-finals and the final take place in Lyon (on 2nd/3rd and 7th July respectively). Should England lose in the semi-finals, the 3rd place match would see them travel back to Nice on 6th July.