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France 2019 cast finalised

Saturday, December 1, 2018
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Kuala Lumpur: After nearly 400 matches spread across 20 months of international competition, the 24 qualifiers for the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 have been finalised.

New Zealand became the 24th and final nation to seal their ticket to the global Finals after they defeated Fiji 8-0 to lift the OFC Women's Nations Cup on Saturday.

They are joined by Cameroon, who defeated Mali 4-2 on Friday to secure qualification with a third place finish at the Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.

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The successful teams won't have to wait long to find out their opponents at the Finals, with the draw for the FIFA Women's World Cup to be held on the Île Seguin on December 8.

The final 24-team field features four former champions - Japan, United States, Norway and Germany - and four teams making their first appearance on the senior world stage, with Chile, Scotland, Jamaica and South Africa qualifying for the first time.

All 24 teams now confirmed for the 2019 #FIFAWWC 🇫🇷🏆ahead of next Saturday’s Draw.

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— FIFA Women's World Cup 🇫🇷 (@FIFAWWC) December 1, 2018


Asia will be represented at France 2019 by the same five teams who appeared at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, with Japan, Australia, China PR, Thailand and Korea Republic flying the flag for the Continent.

As reigning two-time Asian champions, 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup winners and 2015 runners-up, Japan will be aiming to be title contenders yet again, while Australia - as Asia's highest ranked nation in sixth - will also see lifting the trophy as a realistic possibility.

Not to be discounted are the ever-improving China PR, who finished third at the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup Jordan before enjoying a superb second half of 2018 - including an Asian Games silver medal in August.

Thailand are returning for their second trip to the Finals after reaching an AFC Women's Asian Cup semi-final for the first time in a generation, while Korea Republic are a side strong enough to compete with the world's best on any given day.

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