On Saturday, 8 December at 18:00 local time, La Seine Musicale in Paris, a famed venue for music and performance arts in France, will host the Draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. In line with the tournament’s theme of light and luminosity, a glittering line-up of draw participants, each ready to #DareToShine, has been revealed.
The star guests bringing a touch of sparkle to the draw for the ultimate competition in women’s football are:
• Draw moderators: Denis Brogniart and Amanda Davies
• Draw conductors: Alex Scott and Louis Saha
• Draw assistants: Didier Deschamps, Marie Bochet, Kaká, Mia Hamm, Michael Essien, Aya Miyama and Steffi Jones
• Trophy bearer: Carli Lloyd
Amanda Davies, a highly acclaimed presenter of CNN’s World Sport Programme, is known to a global audience for her interviews with some of sport’s most famous faces. She has reported on multiple major international events, including: the Summer and Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cups™, UEFA Champions League finals, the Tour de France and the World Athletics Championships. She also hosts CNN’s monthly Formula 1 show “The Circuit” – following the F1 calendar around the globe, hosting live shows from the paddock on race weekends, and interviewing the leading names from the industry.
Denis Brogniart, a household name in France, will join Amanda Davies as a draw moderator. He has worked for the French national television channel TF1 for nearly 20 years and is best known for his work as the presenter of the survival style programme Koh-Lanta, as well as motoring series Automoto. He has also presented live coverage of several UEFA Champions League finals, FIFA World Cups and Rugby World Cups.
Both Davies and Brogniart will guide the draw conductors and assistants on stage as the draw procedure for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 takes place.
Stars of the women’s and men’s game respectively, Alex Scott and Louis Saha will act as the draw conductors, bringing the magic from the football pitch to the draw event. Alex Scott is a legend of the women’s game with an impressive record of five Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and a UEFA Champions league (2008) win at Arsenal. She achieved 140 caps with the English women’s national football team, The Lionesses, and ended her international career in 2017.
Former French international Louis Saha will join Alex Scott as a draw conductor. Louis Saha won 20 caps for the French men’s national football team and played in the semi-final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. He played at club level for FC Metz, Manchester United, Fulham, Newcastle United and Everton. During his time at Manchester United, he won two consecutive Premier League titles (2007, 2008) and one UEFA Champions League title (2008).
As draw conductors, Scott and Saha will guide a dazzling line-up of draw assistants through the draw process, as the 24 nations participating in the FIFA Women’s World Cup wait to find out whom they will play next year in France. The star-studded selection of assistants includes:
• Didier Deschamps, FIFA World Cup™ winner as both a player (1998) and a coach (2018);
• Marie Bochet, eight-time Paralympic gold medallist for skiing;
• Kaka, Brazilian football icon, 2002 FIFA World Cup™ winner, 2007 Champions League and Ballon d’Or winner;
• Mia Hamm, emblematic figure in women’s football, winner of two FIFA Women’s World Cups™ (1991,1999) with Team USA;
• Michael Essien, from Ghana, two-time Premier League winner (2006, 2010) and UEFA Champions League winner (2012) with Chelsea;
• Aya Miyama, FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ winner with Japan;
• Steffi Jones, legend of German football, winner of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003™ and organiser of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 in Germany.
The draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 promises to be a scintillating event and will be attended by officials from the qualified teams, FIFA Legends, several VIPs and ettie™, the tournament’s mascot.
The full match schedule for the tournament will be available on FIFA.com following the draw.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 will take place across nine Host Cities in France: Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes. The opening match will be played in Parc des Princes in Paris on 7 June. The semi-finals and final will be played in Lyon on 2, 3 and 7 July.