Soccer dogs celebrating the 2019 Women’s World Cup

Soccer dogs are excited about the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

There are few sporting events more exciting to the world in general than soccer, so the 2019 Women’s World Cup is a big deal. The worldwide tournament, held in France this year, gets underway today.

Dogs love soccer (my mom’s Australian Shepherd Sport would help me practice in the backyard, and several of our friends’ dogs loved the game, too). So they’re probably nearly as excited about cheering on Team USA (or wherever) during the tournament.

An Australian Dachshund named Winston got a new soccer ball recently, and he loves it.

Gigi the Labrador is all set to follow Team USA, even wearing her best pair of cleats for the occasion.

Team USA’s group stage games are as follows: Tuesday, June 11 at 3 p.m. ET on Fox against Thailand at the Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims, Sunday, June 16 at noon ET on Fox against Chile at the Parc des Princes in Paris, and Thursday, June 20 at 3 p.m. ET on Fox against Sweden at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre.

There are 24 nations/teams competing in six preliminary groups:

Group A features France, Nigeria, Norway and South Korea.

Group B contains China, Germany, South Africa and Spain.

Group C holds Australia, Brazil, Italy and Jamaica.

In Group D are Argentina, England, Japan and Scotland.

In Group E are Cameroon, Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Finally, Group F has Chile, Sweden, Thailand and Team USA.

After all teams within a group play each other, the top two teams advance to the knockout stage, and then the top four of the six third-place teams will earn wild card spots to the knockout rounds.

Once group stage play is over, if a match is still tied at the end of regulation, up to two 15-minute overtime periods will take place,  then a shootout will finish things if needed.

The Round of 16 will begin on June 22, with the final taking place on July 7.

Three teams will earn their spots in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics through their performance in the tournament.

Also interesting, though not entirely relevant: the character of Wishbone, from the beloved 1990s PBS TV series of the same name, was primarily played by a Jack Russell Terrier named Soccer.

For more information about the 2019 Women’s World Cup within the FanSided Network, check out the MLS Multiplex and Playing for 90, in addition to the FanSided main site.