Having pumped €51 million into nine stadiums across the country only five years after hosting the men’s football World Cup, Germany is once again ready for its close-up.
The first women’s World Cup, held in China in 1991, was a relatively modest affair with only 12 teams participating. This summer’s tournament hosts 16 nations, with over 900,000 tickets available for general admission.
Of these, about 75 percent have been sold already. But tickets remain available via the World Cup’s official ticketing portal here, and from the telephone hotline at +49 (0)1805 / 06 2011 (€0.14 per minute from German fixed lines, mobile charges may vary).
Tickets can also be purchased at the Stadium Ticket Centres in each venue, which will open two days before each game.
The fixtures, meanwhile, are divided into four groups containing four teams each. After 10 days of group play, the top two teams from each group advance to the knockout rounds, which commence with the quarterfinals on July 9 and culminate in the final on July 17 in Frankfurt am Main.
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF will combine to show all 32 matches live on television. ARD will also offer radio broadcasts and live streaming video of its 16 games here, and ZDF will live stream its 16 games here under the FIFA Frauen-WM 2011 tab.
Germany, Canada, Nigeria, France
June 26, 3 pm: Nigeria vs. France, in Sinsheim (broadcast on ARD)
June 26, 6 pm: Germany vs. Canada, in Berlin (ARD)
June 30, 6 pm: Canada vs. France, in Bochum (ARD)
June 30, 8:45 pm: Germany vs. Nigeria, in Frankfurt (ARD)
July 5, 8:45 pm: France vs. Germany, in Mönchengladbach (ZDF)
July 5, 8:45 pm: Canada vs. Nigeria, in Dresden (ZDF)
Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, England
June 27, 3 pm: Japan vs. New Zealand, in Bochum (ARD)
June 27, 6 pm: Mexico vs. England, in Wolfsburg (ARD)
July 1, 3 pm: Japan vs. Mexico, in Leverkusen (ZDF)
July 1, 6:15 pm: New Zealand vs. England, in Dresden (ZDF)
July 5, 6:15 pm: England vs. Japan, in Augsburg (ZDF)
July 5, 6:15 pm: New Zealand vs. Mexico, in Sinsheim (ZDF)
United States, North Korea, Colombia, Sweden
June 28, 3 pm: Colombia vs. Sweden, in Leverkusen (ZDF)
June 28, 6:15 pm: United States vs. North Korea, in Dresden (ZDF)
July 2, 2 pm: North Korea vs. Sweden, in Augsburg (ARD)
July 2, 6 pm: United States vs. Colombia, in Sinsheim (ARD)
July 6, 8:45 pm: Sweden vs. United States, in Wolfsburg (ARD)
July 6, 8:45 pm: North Korea vs. Colombia, in Bochum (ARD)
Brazil, Australia, Norway, Equatorial Guinea
June 29, 3 pm: Norway vs. Equatorial Guinea, in Augsburg (ZDF)
June 29, 6:15 pm: Brazil vs. Australia, in Mönchengladbach (ZDF)
July 3, 2 pm: Australia vs. Equatorial Guinea, in Bochum (ZDF)
July 3, 6:15 pm: Brazil vs. Norway, in Wolfsburg (ZDF)
July 6, 6 pm: Equatorial Guinea vs. Brazil, in Frankfurt (ARD)
July 6, 6 pm: Australia vs. Norway, in Leverkusen (ARD)
Match 25 – July 9, 8:45 pm: Winners of Group A vs. Runners-up of Group B, in Wolfsburg (ZDF)
Match 26 – July 9, 6 pm: Winners of Group B vs. Runners-up of Group A, in Leverkusen (ZDF)
Match 27 – July 10, 1 pm: Winners of Group C vs. Runners-up of Group D, in Augsburg (ARD)
Match 28 – July 10, 5:30 pm: Winners of Group D vs. Runners-up of Group C, in Dresden (ARD)
Match 29 – July 13, 8:45 pm: Winners of Match 25 vs. Winners of Match 27, in Frankfurt (ZDF)
Match 30 – July 13, 6 pm: Winners of Match 26 vs. Winners of Match 28, in Mönchengladbach (ZDF)
Third place play-off
July 16, 5:30 pm: Losers of Match 29 vs. Losers of Match 30, in Sinsheim (ARD)
July 17, 8:45 pm: Winners of Match 29 vs. Winners of Match 30, in Frankfurt (ARD)