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Phil Dawkes

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  1. Thank you and good night

    Well, we had to wait for a bit of drama, but Canada finally delivered to claim a first opening game victory and get their home tournament off to the best possible start. Don't forget, you can watch this morning's second game (New Zealand v Netherlands) online and on the red button.

    Thanks for joining us. We'll be back with more Women's World Cup soon.

  2. Post update

    Canada 1-0 China

    Rachel Brown-Finnis

    Former England goalkeeper on BBC 3

    "There was not a lot in it for me. It was a pretty contentious decision. For it to be a penalty, it was a soft one. But what a cool customer Sinclair was. It was the perfect penalty."

  3. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Twist in the tale

    Sarah Taylor: Do #CAN deserve that #win? Probably not on the #balanceofPlay. Tough on #CHI that!

    Matt Love: Well it's good to know that it's not just the referees in the men's game that are awful.

    Dominic Fox: Never a penalty. Terrible decision.

    Katy Jones: Glad I stayed up2watch all the game!Bit of drama in the1st game,hopefully settin it up2be a great tournament!!

  4. Four-some


    Will we get a new World Cup winner in the women's game this year? Only time will tell.

  5. Vote results

    The United States are the winners in our vote about who will win the World Cup. They got 26.3% of your vote, with Germany second and France third. Thanks for getting involved.


    Canada 1-0 China

    Christine Sinclair's late penalty is the last meaningful act of the game as Canada break their duck in World Cup opening games. It is very cruel on China, who held their own in that second half and looked to have taken a point. But Sinclair's 154th international goal gave the tale a thrilling twist.

  7. Post update

    Canada 1-0 China

    Lucy Ward

    Former Leeds forward on BBC Three

    "The sound you can hear is relief. You don't save those penalties. That's a great finish. The weight of expectation was on Sinclair but she did what she would normally do with a penalty and put it right in the corner."

  8. GOAL

    Canada 1-0 China - Christine Sinclair

    They do score! Christine Sinclair has played too many international matches to be fazed by a situation like this and she makes no mistake by finding the corner of the net with a cool side-foot finish. Frustration in replaced by joy in Edmonton.

  9. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Lucy Ward

    Former Leeds forward on BBC Three

    "Not sure about that. My first reaction is that's not a penalty. That's just defending. This is big pressure and a little unfair on China."


    Canada 0-0 China


    Drama! Canada have a penalty as Kaylyn Kyle drops to the turf after running across and into a flailing arm from Zhao Rong in the box. This will surely be a winner for Canada if they score...

  11. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Three minutes of added time.

  12. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Desperate times for Canada as they seek out a winner but Josee Belanger's cross from the right lands straight into the hands of Wang Fei. It sums up the second half for the hosts - when they have needed a bit of quality, they have been found wanting.

  13. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Han Peng is down and eating into vital time for Canada as she receives treatment. China's final change - which sees Ma Jun replace Gu Yasha - runs the clock down further. Three minutes to go.

  14. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    China have no interest in attacking now. They are focused entirely on keeping the hosts from hurting them. Kaylyn Kyle helps their cause by lofting an aimless and over-hit ball out of play for a goal-kick.

  15. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    The waiting's nearly over

    Chelsea and England striker Eniola Aluko: So exciting to be watching the opening game of @FIFAWWC!!! Feels very real now! 53,000+ Canadian crowd looks amazing. 3 days to go #ENG

  16. CLOSE!

    Canada 0-0 China


    There was the chance. And it fell to exactly the right player for Canada as Christine Sinclair's shot is blocked, collected by Sophie Schmidt and then set-up again for the host's star player to side-foot a tame shot into the hands of Wang Fei from inside the box.

    Schmidt then goes close with a angled drive from range that flies past the far post. Close, but not close enough.

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    Canada 0-0 China

    Lucy Ward

    Former Leeds forward on BBC Three

    "If Canada want to win this game they have got to be more direct. They have got to do something they haven't done so far."

  18. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Hope springs eternal

    Tim Oliver: There has yet to be a goalless opening match in the Women's World Cup.

  19. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Wang Fei slows the game down by taking her time with a goal-kick, drawing boos from the crowd. China have a point within their grasp. There are 10 minutes to go and Canada look devoid of ideas.


    Canada 0-0 China

    That is the cue for a final Canada change as Ariana Leon comes on for Melissa Tancredi. Final attacking throw of the dice.

  21. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China


    The hosts almost provide the opener as a cross is met but Christine Sinclair, but headed wide. It looks like it might have come off a Chinese head but goal-kick is the decision.

  22. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Thou shalt not pass

    Dan Keers: BREAKING NEWS the Great Wall of China has moved ...... To Canada

  23. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    A rare touch for Christine Sinclair gives the crowd a rare chance to cheer but she can do nothing with possession as her forward pass is too heavy for Sophie Schmidt. It has just been announced that the crowd is 53,058 - a new record for a football match of either sex in Canada. Now all they need is something to entertain them.

  24. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    This is poor now. Such a shame after a decent first half. Canada underline this with a floated pass that drifts straight out of play. Cue frustration from players in red.

  25. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Lucy Ward

    Former Leeds forward on BBC Three

    "Young players often play with no fear. China have put such a good barrier in front of Canada and it has just frustrated them. They need someone to unlock that door."


    Canada 0-0 China

    Another change for Canada as Notts County's Desiree Scott departs, with Jessie Fleming coming on for a 17th cap that matches her age.

  27. Text us on 81111

    Sweet smell of success

    Jake in Bristol: "I'm rooting for Spain and Veronica Bouquet. My favourite player in the women's game. Vamos Vero!"

  28. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Former glories

    Former Reading defender Shelly Cox: The World Cup game tonight brings back memories of our U19 WWC Quarter Final V Canada 2002. Also makes me feel old!!

    England under-19
  29. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Canada have a renewed determination and it brings them a second opening in a couple of minutes as an attack concludes with a shot from range from midfielder Desiree Scott that flies over the bar.

    China respond with a shot of their own as Han Peng latches on to a loose ball to fire over from distance.

    These represent the first two shots of this half, in over 20 minutes of play.

  30. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Kaylyn Kyle's first involvement in the game is a positive one as she gets in behind the China defence to put over a low cross that is gathered by Wang Fei. Poor execution, but it is encouraging for the home side.


    Canada 0-0 China


    There are a lot of Canada players staring at the floor as they struggle to make anything happen. The hosts are in need of something fresh - is Kaylyn Kyle the woman to provide it? She has just come on for striker Jonelle Filigno.

    China respond with a change of their own as Li Ying departs to be replaced by Zhang Rui, who scored a hat-trick the last time China won in December 2014.

  32. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Moncton: "An entertaining first half of the Women's World Cup and both teams have certainly raised their games since facing England in recent friendlies. The host broadcasters are getting very excited. 'A double post for China and a crossbar for Canada' booms the anchor before they cross to more adverts featuring Christine Sinclair."

  33. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    China look to make something happen but an angled ball into the box from deep runs away from Ren Guixin, who is being muscled about by Kadeisha Buchanan. Sadly, that is as close as we have come to any goalmouth action this half.

  34. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China


    China are using their right flank a lot, as shown by the graphic of their attacking action areas above.

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    Canada 0-0 China

    If you thought the inventive barnets would end with the Champions League final, think again. Sophie Schmidt has a shaved sides/coloured top combo going on. She takes a blow to the head in an aerial challenge but after a little bit of treatment is OK to continue. This is flat now (the game, not Schmidt's hair). The crowd are very quiet and there is little going on in front of them to lift the volume.

  36. Post update

    England expects

    Rachel Brown-Finnis

    Former England goalkeeper on BBC 3

    "It seems to be a happy camp with a positive mood. They are going into the game in a good place, mentally."

    England start their campaign against France next Tuesday in Moncton (kick-off 18:00 BST).

  37. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Anthony Mark Mcavoy: Considering the pitch and all the controversy this is a very good advert for the woman's game.

    E K D: The #WWC2015 true sportsmanship & no prima donna antics from the players. & no biting a la Luis Suarez.

  38. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Lucy Ward

    Former Leeds forward on BBC Three

    "China do really well one-on-one defending, anywhere on the pitch. There's a little bit of urgency required by Canada."

  39. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    The second half has carried on where the first left off. With a lot of play in midfield but not enough guile at either end. Canada are looking to be more urgent but so far China are doing well to keep them at bay. Chinese keeper Wang Fei nearly gets into bother by dwelling on the ball but is able to clear before Melissa Tancredi can nick the ball off her.

  40. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    If you want to check out the highlights of the first-half, including a superb free-kick from China that hit both posts, then you can do so by clicking on the highlights tab at the top of this page.

    Meanwhile, China have a corner, which is wasted and head clear by Josee Belanger near the edge of the Canada box.

  41. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Footballing Ferns

    Manchester City and New Zealand midfielder Betsy Hassett: Game Time!!

    New Zealand play the Netherlands in Group A's other game later this morning (KO: 02:00 BST) and you can watch the game on the BBC Red Button and Online.

  42. KICK-OFF

    Canada 0-0 China


    And we are back under way, after China take the opportunity for a half-time huddle. The good news for Canada is that Buchanan has recovered enough from her injury late in the first half to start the second.

  43. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    The players are heading back out. Second half coming up. Can either side find a winner? We're about to find out.

  44. Post update

    New Zealand v Netherlands (02:00 BST)

    Don't forget, there is another game to come after this. New Zealand take on the Netherlands at 02:00 BST and you can watch the game on the BBC Red Button and Online.

  45. Message from the PM

    Prime Minister David Cameron's message to the England squad: "On behalf of the whole country I want to wish the England women's football team and their coach Mark Sampson the best of luck at the World Cup in Canada.

    "In recent days with Fifa, we've seen the very worse of football but with you, we will see the very best.

    "From the FA's Women's Super League to the record-breaking crowds at Wembley for that historic game against Germany last November, women's football is growing in our country. And you are the role models for so many women and girls taking up football in schools and clubs right across our country.

    "I know you have some tough matches ahead but with 10 wins out of 10 in qualifying, I hope you'll go there with every confidence. The whole country is right behind you and we're wishing you every success."

  46. Hodgson's message

    Roy Hodgson

    England's women have been sent a message by men's national team boss Roy Hodgson, who says the following...

    "We wish you the best. You're very well prepared and the FA has done everything they can and they go with our best wishes and cross our fingers they get that bit of luck you need."

    It's not quite Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday.

  47. England watch


    For those of you of an England bias - which I imagine is quite a few of you - Mark Sampson's ladies first take to the pitch for competitive action on Tuesday against France.

    The BBC Sport is packed fuller than Scrooge McDuck's swimming pool vault with stats, facts and previews on the Three Lions, including a who's who of the squad, a regular column from forward Eniola Aluko and a feature on "star, role model and leader" Steph Houghton.

    And there is plenty more to come throughout the tournament.

  48. Pitch less-than-perfect

    Canada 0-0 China HT

    Rachel Yankey

    Former England midfielder on BBC Three

    "You can seen when the ball is bouncing the rubber crumbs come up which is not ideal. The ball doesn't run that smoothly and you can see some scared passes."

    Former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis: "It's tough. When it's hot the pitch dries out and slows the ball down. You really have to put your foot through it. I think those scared passes are from the pitch being slow."

  49. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China


    Canada 0-0 China


    The first half ends goalless. It has had it moments, not least the two efforts that struck the woodwork (one from each side). But, after a strong start, Canada lost their way and China were able to compete well. All to play for.

  51. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    This is worrying for Canada. Buchanan is down and holding her ankle. It looks like she may have gone over on it delivering a ball forward. There has been a lot of talk about injuries - especially considering the surface - and it would be a disaster for the hosts to lose a player now. They'll have half-time to try and patch her up.

  52. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Lawrence Burden: Great to see a game with no diving/play acting, and none of the players surrounding the ref on every decision.

    Emily Maguire: Really like the Canadian centre half #Buchanan reads the game well, good positionally, great touch & vision.

    Paul Lummis: Not too shabby seats for #FIFAWWC with a great atmosphere around Commonwealth stadium!

    Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
  53. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    The game has degenerated into a midfield mess in the last five minutes. Both teams look like they need to break for a bit of re-think. China's keeper has one last task to deal with - a free-kick from deep, swung into the box - but she copes well with a authoritative catch.


    Canada 0-0 China


    China are making a change before the break. Must be an injury. Off goes Wang Lisi, their most experienced player, and on comes Han Peng.

  55. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Lucy Ward

    Former Leeds forward on BBC Three


    "Canada have had the momentum a lot but just as it lulls they have to get it going again and get hold of the ball. A lot of the play has been in front of China. They haven't been able to get in behind."

    Remember, to watch the game live click on the play icon at the top of the page.

  56. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    The long, diagonal ball to Christine Sinclair is clearly an avenue that Canada feel can bring them joy. It hasn't yet but they keep trying it. The grip and slightly unnatural bounce of the artificial pitch could well help them, but they'll need to be more accurate.

  57. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Home sweet home

    Canada World Cup crowd

    Edmonton MP Rona Ambrose: Cheering on team Canada at the opening match of @FIFAWWC!

  58. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China



    Christine Sinclair's absence from any possession of late is a key reason Canada's early dominance has faded. When she gets the ball things happen. She bullies her way into the box to set up a shooting chance for Ashley Lawrence but her effort is blocked, as is Sophie Schmidt's follow-up.

  59. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    A nicely worked free-kick from China sees the ball fed out wide to Gu Yasha, who swings over a dangerous cross to the near-post that Zhao Rong dives in top head just past the post. Pretty even contest now.

  60. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China


    Canada's Sophie Schmidt is the latest player to try her luck from range. It is not a bad effort but not in the same class as those that struck the woodwork. It goes a few yards over the bar and the score remains 0-0.

  61. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Kristan Heneage: The Canadian team coach is from Consett, County Durham. His opposite number is called "Hao Wei". I'm not making this up.

    Glorious. Just glorious

  62. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Lucy Ward

    Former Leeds forward on BBC Three

    "The front three of Canada are probably the most confident of their team and they need to get the ball to them quicker and let them do what they do."

    Remember, to watch the game live click on the play icon at the top of the page.


    Canada 0-0 China



    And just as I'm saying that, Canada strike the woodwork themselves as Josee Belanger - a striker by trade, playing at full-back - unleashes a superb strike from 20 yards that hammers against the Chinese bar.

  64. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    John Herdman - all fancy short and neat haircut - is out of his seat after that free-kick. He is clearly getting a tad concerned that his side have come so close to going behind to a China side who are creeping into this game.

  65. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Lucy Ward

    Former Leeds forward on BBC Three

    "It was possibly a goalscoring position as Canada didn't really have the cover there but I think the referee made the right decision with the yellow card.

    "The accuracy from the free-kick was unbelievable and shocked the crowd. Canada have lived on the edge a little bit."

    Remember, to watch the game live click on the play icon at the top of the page.


    Canada 0-0 China



    How has that stayed out? It is a superb effort from Gu Yasha from the free-kick as her effort swings over the wall, beats the keeper and hits two parts of the goal-frame - one post then the other - before bouncing to safety. It is the closest either team have come to scoring. It is difficult to imagine how either team could come any closer without actually scoring.


    Canada 0-0 China

    The first yellow card goes to Canada's Desiree Scott, who slides in to take out a Chinese opponent. It offers an opportunity to shoot from the free-kick...

  68. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Hull forward Sone Aluko on Twitter: "Watching #WWC2015 opening game. Not a fan of the synthetic pitch at all already. Hope doesn't affect what should be very entertaining comp!"

  69. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Allysha Chapman has the chance to make up for her error as she charges into Chinese territory but her cross from the left is over-hit and it floats over the goal.

    Lauren Sesselmann then gets in on the error act with an under-hit back-pass that a Chinese forward is first to but cannot get past Canada keeper Erin McLeod, who spares her team-mates blushes by charging off her line to block and collect.

  70. Host woes

    Canada 0-0 China

    Canada fans
  71. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    The football family

    Fifa Women's World Cup: A big crowd today enjoying the #CANCHN game at the #VanFanZone. In full voice for the #CAN anthem.

    Women's World Cup fan village
  72. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    China have weathered the early storm from Canada but the game has got a bit sloppy. Lots of possession in midfield but little to show of it at either end. Allysha Chapman almost drops a huge clanger by giving possession away near the edge of her own box but China are unable to capitalise.

  73. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Turf wars

    M A Bennett: Great to see such a big crowd at first game of #WWC2015. Surface looks fine to me! The feast of superb #womensfootball begins!

    Nadine: I can tell I'm going to hate this turf.

    Lee Kennedy: Only FIFA could ruin a tournament by using artificial pitches!!

  74. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China



    Strong start from the hosts.

  75. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    China's first effort of the game goes to Wang Lisi, who cuts inside and fires from range but the ball drifts high and tamely wide.

  76. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Angus Saul: As a 5-a-side goalie, I always hated artificial pitches. Would rather play indoors any day. Is it THAT hard to find grass?

    Pete Cooper: We are less than 5 minutes into the #FIFAWWC and already I don't the artificial pitches are a good idea.

  77. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China



    Christine Sinclair goes all Messi on us with a superb run into space to collect a ball forward into the box. She hooks a shot towards goal but the ball drifts just past the far post. She then treies to take on the entire China defence to eventually set up Josee Belanger for a shot straight at Wang Fei. No doubt who is on top at the moment.

  78. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Lucy Ward

    Former Leeds forward on BBC Three

    "Canada has really embraced this tournament but that does bring pressure for the home side. If they can thrive on it they could run riot, but if not China will have the chance of an upset."

    Remember, to watch the game live click on the play icon at the top of the page.

  79. Post update

    Canada 0-0 China

    Christine Sinclair really is the lightning rod for the home support. Whenever she touches the ball the volume rises. She charges into China territory but is dispossessed before she can cause any damage.


    Canada 0-0 China

    Canada get an early chance to test out the China defence following a foul on Christine Sinclair. Sophie Schmidt floats the set-piece in to the box and it drops for Kadeisha Buchanan, who has two bites of the cherry but both are saved by China keeper Wang Fei. That's got the home crowd going.

  81. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Bring it on!

    Elijah Santos: Watching Womens World Cup. Have been looking forward to this more then the Champions League final.

    Katy Jones: Ready to watch the opening game!! Excited for this tournament!! Hope our girls do well on Tuesday!! We're all backing you!!

    Dan B: Come on Canada! Also worried about the random artificial pitch testing but hoping for good games!

  82. KICK-OFF

    Canada v China

    Anthems sung, hands shook, pennants exchanged, huddles huddled and off we go. The hosts get us under way.

  83. Post update

    Lucy Ward

    Former Leeds forward on BBC Three

    "A real shame Fifa used the tournament as an experiment with artificial pitches. Messing about with the biggest tournament of the world. If we have big injuries questions will be asked of the pitch and will be a factor who wins the World Cup."

  84. LINE-UPS

  85. LINE-UPS

  86. Post update

    Here come the teams. The waiting is over. We've got a very good crowd in the Commonwealth Stadium, most of them backing the hosts as you would expect. One of the Chinese players definitely drew the short straw with her mascot, who is the same height as her, meaning she's a notable absentee as the camera pans down the line during their anthem.

  87. Sheep-ish


    First it was Paul' the Octopus in Germany and we had 'Big-head' the turtle in Brazil... now meet psychic sheep 'Baby'. You can always trust an animal to help your betting tactics.

    Having said that, the above sheep look a little confused.

    It is getting late, so whatever you do, don't count them.

  88. It's a ripper

    Water is sprayed on the artificial turf at B.C. Place stadium in Vancouver

    You would forgive many of the World Cup players being a tad wary before they launch into a sliding tackle during this tournament. The reason being that matches are being played on artificial surfaces - not always the best of friends with knees.

    Earlier this year, a group of eighty-four players from 13 countries abandoned their legal action - which claimed sexism against the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and world governing body Fifa - over the use of artificial pitches at the event.

    World Players Union Fifpro have said they will "closely observe the physical condition of all players participating and is anxious to find out whether the upward trend of injury risk seen during the past three World Cups will continue."

  89. Join the debate at #bbcfootball


    BBC global news' Caroline Rigby: Slight issue with Thailand #FIFAWWC press conference. I'm told the white tape hides where "women" was spelt "wmen".

  90. Post update

    England in good shape

    Rachel Brown-Finnis

    Former England goalkeeper on BBC 3

    England start their World Cup bid against France in Moncton next Tuesday (18:00 BST).

    "It seems to be a happy camp and a very positive mood. Going into the game they are in a good place, mentally."

  91. English involvement

    Officially, England don't feature in the tournament until Tuesday, but there will be English involvement in the game today in the form of Canada coach John Herdman, who is from Consett in County Durham.

  92. Winless



    Not looking good is it?

    Having said that, China are unbeaten in their opening matches at the World Cup, winning four and drawing once. Maybe there is hope...

  93. The hosts



    Will they win? Probably not.

    Football is the highest participation sport in Canada and its popularity saw them awarded the under-20 Women's World Cup in 2002 and the under-20 World Cup in 2007.

    This will be their first outing as hosts of a senior global football tournament and the country is certainly getting behind it, with more than 150,000 tickets sold in the first 48 hours.

    On the pitch, Canada's World Cup record is far from impressive, only venturing beyond the group stage once - finishing fourth in 2003. But they have picked up silverware on the world stage, winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.

  94. Group guide

  95. Post update


    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Moncton: "World Cup fever not exactly flowing down Main Street in Moncton but I'm sure Sepp Blatter will be pleased about the Fifa branding."

  96. Owl's that?

    South Korea


    The Korea Football Association tweeted the above photo of the South Korea team arriving in Canada and posing with the tournament's mascot - a Great White Owl called .

    Why an owl I hear you say? The organisers say "it demonstrates the strength and elegance of the women's game".

    So, Canada 2015 has Shuéme the owl, but what do you think is the best World Cup mascot and why? World Cup Willie? Pique the jalapeno pepper? Or that creepy stick figure made out of Italian flags from 1990? Let us know via Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcfootball or on text, using 81111 (UK only).

  97. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Daniel Kelly: The tournament is here then, more excited than I was for Brazil 2014. At least England will do well in a cup! Come on England!

  98. And welcome to the World Cup

    Women's World Cup

    So a few World Cup basics for you.

    Where is it being held? Canada is the host, with six different venues across the country.

    Who are the holders? Japan. They came the first Asian nation to win the Fifa Women's World Cup when they beat USA 3-1 on penalties in 2011 in Germany.

    Who are the favourites? Germany and the United States are the game's super powers. They have featured in all six previous tournaments, each winning twice.

  99. Post update

    BBC Three

    Live coverage of tonight's opener is beginning on BBC three now.

    Jacqui Oatley will be joined in the studio by Rachel Yankey and Rachel Brown-Finnis, who have a combined total of more than 200 England caps.

  100. Vote

    Who will win the World Cup?

    Time to put your vote where your mouth is, before a ball has been kicked. You can vote on who you think will win the World Cup on this page.

    The vote will close at 00:30 and we will publish the results soon after. Have a read of the terms and conditions here.

  101. Join the debate at #bbcfootball


    It appears the World Cup is already making the headlines around the globe...

  102. Restoring football's credibility

    Japan win Women's World Cup
    Image caption: Japan beat the United States 3-1 on penalties in the 2011 final

    Let's be honest, Fifa have had better weeks than the one just gone. The brightest of spotlights have been shone on football's world governing body recently, exposing all sorts of grime that has been followed by the resignation of newly re-elected president Sepp Blatter. More is undoubtedly still to come.

    However, the Women's World Cup can be a timely reminder of what is good about football - namely players entertaining crowds by putting a round thing in a rectangular thing.

    Here is Canadian Soccer Association's Victor Montagliani... "Women's football is a pure form of football. It can shine light onto the dark clouds hanging over the game, which has lost some of its moral compass."

  103. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Fifa president Joseph S Blatter ‏on Twitter: In one hour, the 7th @FIFAWWC starts in Edmonton. Good Luck to all 24 teams. #CAN & #CHN play opening game.

  104. LINE-UPS

    Canada v China (23:00 BST)


    Canada starting XI: McLeod, Buchanan, Belanger, Sesselmann, Scott, Sinclair (C), Schmidt, Tancredi, Chapman, Filigno, Lawrence.

    China starting XI: W. Fei, L. Shanshan, W. Haiyan (C), L. Dongna, W. Shanshan, L. Ying, Z. Rong, G. Yasha, T. Ruyin, W. Lisi, R. Guixin.

  105. Opening up

    Canada v China

    Christine Sinclair

    To tonight's opening game between Canada and China.Canada will have to shoulder the kind of high expectation under which many a host has buckled in the past. They are appearing in their sixth finals, but their tournament record is not great, with only one appearance beyond the group stages and a record of having never won their opening game. However, they have won three of their last five (including a 1-0 warm-up victory over England) and in Christine Sinclair have a star player with 153 goals in 223 appearances to her name.

    China have hosted two of the six Women's World Cups, made the final in the United States in 1999 and are unbeaten in five opening games at the World Cup. That is the good news, though. The bad is that the 1999 final was very much a peak that has been followed by a serious decline, coupled with a crippling lack of interest at home. They are without a win in 10, including three draws and five defeats in 2015.

  106. It's a first...

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    This is the Women's World Cup of firsts.

    It's the first time 24 teams will compete, eight more than in the last four tournaments; the first time Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ivory Coast, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand are appearing in the finals, the first time Canada has hosted a competition played out across the country simultaneously; and the first time a finals has been played over such a long period - 30 days.

    With more teams and more players involved than ever before, organisers says they are "confident" they can also attract record crowds.

    During the tournament's 52 matches, they expect 1.5 million people to pass through the turnstiles at stadiums across six cities. A further billion people (up from 407 million in 2011) are expected to watch on TV around the globe.

  107. BBC coverage

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    Don't want to miss a minute of the tournament? Well, you are in luck.

    Each of the 52 matches will be shown across the BBC, with every game available to watch on the BBC Sport website.

    A special daily Catch-Up programme will be available to watch online and download on the BBC iPlayer, rounding up the best bits from the previous evening while taking a look at the quirkier side of the Women's World Cup.

    You can also get goal alerts for every team using the BBC Sport app - find out more here.

    You can listen to every England match on BBC radio.

  108. Bigger and better

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    24 teams have travelled to Canada for this World Cup - that is eight more than attended the last global tournament in Germany in 2011. It means this event will have 20 more matches for an estimated 600m more people in 187 territories to tune into over the next month. And you're one of them.

    In addition, the prize fund this year is $15m (£10m) with the winners sharing $2m. Unfortunately, you won't be one of them.

  109. Just getting started!

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    Right, now that we've got that undercard encounter in Berlin out of the way, we come to tonight's main event!

    With more teams, more games, more players, more fans, more money and a estimated global audience of one billion, the seventh Women's World Cup is bigger and better than ever and it ruddy well starts tonight.

    So get the cocoa on, stick your feet up and prepare for a late one. Let's get ready to rumble!

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