France will host the FIFA Women's World Cup June 7 - July 7. Around 1.3 million tickets have been sold, and at least 100,000 foreign nationals are likely to travel to the country to attend related events. While no direct threat to the competition exists, authorities are likely to increase security as a precaution to safeguard participants and attendees.
Locations to Host FIFA Soccer Matches
The competition will be hosted at the following locations.
- Stade des Alpes, Grenoble: June 9, 12, 15, 18, 22
- Stade Oceane, Le Havre: June 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 27
- Stade de Lyon, Lyon: July 2, 3, 7
- Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier: June 10, 13, 17, 20, 25
- Stade de Nice, Nice: June 9, 12, 16, 19, 22 and July 6
- Parc des Princes, Paris: June 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 24, 28
- Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims: June 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 24
- Roazhon Park, Rennes: June 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 25, 29
- Stade de Hainault, Valenciennes: June 9, 12, 15, 18, 23, 29
WorldAware Expert Analysis on Risk Level During Women's Cup
The above venues regularly host high-attendance sporting competitions and, alongside the security forces proven ability to police large-scale events effectively, disruption associated with individual matches is likely to be minimal.
France is a low-threat destination, and petty crime is the most likely security issue faced by foreign visitors. Pickpockets and scam artists could attempt to target foreign visitors due to their perceived wealth. In addition, unions could attempt to leverage the large influx of visitors by organizing transport and utility strikes to force concessions from authorities. Although Yellow Vest (Gilet Jaune) protesters are not expected to target sites and events associated with the competition, ongoing sporadic roadblocks on major routes and near transport and utility hubs could prompt disruptions and indirectly impact attendees.
France faces a moderate threat from international terrorism. The high-profile and international nature of the World Cup means that the tournament could represent an attractive target to terrorist groups or radicalized individuals. Heightened security, including the deployment of police and military units, is therefore likely around potential targets, including match venues, bars and restaurants, fan zones, shopping malls, transport hubs, and hotels associated with the competition. The security forces are well-resourced and motivated and are likely capable of deterring large-scale attacks, and responding effectively to any incidents that do occur. Nevertheless, isolated attacks by lone radicals using rudimentary weapons are possible in France during the course of the competition.
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