England v Scotland
FIFA Women’s World Cup, France 2019
Sunday, 9 June 2019 – 5pm
Stade de Nice, Nice

Scotland Women’s National Team will create history on Sunday, as they take to the field in their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup match.

Having qualified automatically at the top of our qualification group, the prospect of a World Cup has enthused the Scottish public, with a record 18,555 crowd recently turning out to watch a 3-2 defeat of Jamaica at Hampden.

With an opening group match against the ‘Auld Enemy’, England in Nice, many of those 18,555 will be travelling out to France to support their country. It will be a familiar scenario for Scotland fans, having watched their team take on England in our first match at a major tournament, EURO 2017.

What to expect from England

With a host of FAWSL players in the Lionesses squad, there will be a number of familiar opponents for many within the Scotland squad.

One such player is Nikita Parris, who has been tipped by many pundits to be one-to-watch at the tournament. Parris, who has just signed for Lyon, had previously been with Manchester City since 2015, where she counted Jen Beattie, Claire Emslie and Caroline Weir among her teammates.

Phil Neville’s side have enjoyed a successful year in 2019, winning the She Believes Cup. Their preparation for the World Cup saw a 2-0 win over Denmark, along with a 1-0 loss to New Zealand.

Pre-match thoughts

Speaking ahead of her side’s opening match, Head Coach Shelley Kerr was in positive mood:

“The preparation has been really good – the hotel is fantastic; as are the facilities, the training ground. The players seem nice and relaxed.

“It’s been a long-time coming since we qualified in September, there has been a lot of planning and preparation.

“We, as a national team, want to do ourselves justice in this tournament – our very first World Cup. I think the biggest thing is, we’ve done remarkably well to get here, but we have set ourselves a target of getting out the group and we’re going to do everything we can to try and achieve that.

“When we’re not zoned in, in the moment, talking tactics and training on the pitch, I want the players to enjoy the experience of being at a World Cup and they need to embrace every single moment.”

On the pitch

The FIFA Women’s World Cup, France 2019 will apply the new 2019-20 laws of the game in all matches, this includes the introduction of red and yellow cards for team officials, as well as substitutes leaving the field at the nearest point on the boundary line.

A full summary of the new laws, introduced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) can be found HERE.

Additionally Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used at the tournament, as they were at FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018.

Follow the match

Scotland supporters will be able to watch the match live on BBC One and BBC Alba.

You can also keep up to date via @ScotlandNT on Twitter.

Fan Information

Gates will open two hours prior to kick-off; please note that if you leave the stadium at any time, re-entry is not permitted.

During the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, public transport systems will be under increased pressure and only limited parking space will be available close to the stadium. At certain times and locations, high demand will increase the time it takes to make a journey. We recommend that you allow plenty of time to travel to venues.

Full fan information can be found HERE.

Banners or flags exceeding 2 (two) metres by 1.5 (one and a half) metres are not permitted. Smaller banners and flags may be allowed if they are made from a material considered to be non-flammable and in accordance with French legislation. These banners and flags must be automatically presented for inspection. Flag poles will not be permitted.

Getting to the Stade de Nice

Shuttle Bus: From the city centre (the FIFA Zone Experience, Theatre de Verdure)

Train: Saint-Isidore railway station

Reduced mobility: All shuttle buses are accessible to to persons with reduced mobility. MobilAzure is a door-to-door public transport service, available on request. Information: http://www.mobilazur.org/