The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 starts in Liverpool on Friday, July 12 and you can watch every match of the tournament live on Sky Sports.
As Wednesday, April 3 marks 100 days to go before the eyes of the netball world fix on Liverpool, here’s everything that you need to know about this year’s competition.
The opening session starts at 9am on Friday, 12 July with two sessions a day happening on the first four days.
The tournament runs over ten days in total and finishes on Sunday, 21 July with the Netball World Cup Final.
Sky Sports’ Coverage
From start to finish, every single match of the competition will be live on Sky Sports.
Here at SkySports.com a live blog will run each day housing all of the latest news and will be your one-stop (online) shop throughout the competition.
Match-day previews and reviews will also be available online alongside match highlights and a huge range of player, country and tournament features.
Which teams have qualified?
Sixteen teams are taking part and they have been selected through the International Netball Federation (INF) world rankings and regional qualifying tournaments.
England qualified automatically as the host nation alongside the top five ranked teams in the INF rankings – Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, South Africa, and Malawi.
Northern Ireland, Scotland, Fiji, Samoa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Sri Lanka and Singapore all qualified through regional qualifier events.
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Teams will compete in three stages of tournament – Preliminaries Stage One from July 12-14, Preliminaries Stage Two from July, 15-18 and then the play-offs and placings matches will take place on July, 19-21.
Preliminaries Stage One sees teams play matches as part of Groups A-D and the results of their first matches will determine their positions in Preliminaries Stage Two – Pools E, F and G.
What do the Preliminaries Stage One groups look like?
The teams were put into these groups (and seeded in them) as a result of world rankings.
Preliminaries Stage One Groups
For the first four days of the competition, matches will take place on two courts at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
After Friday July, 16 matches will take place on one court and in total 60 matches will be played during the 10-day tournament.
Who are the defending champions?
The Australian Diamonds are the defending champions having won four years ago in Sydney. The side have won 11 of the 14 World Cup competitions and have never finished lower than second.
In the last tournament back in 2015, New Zealand were runners-up with England finishing third. The same placings were recorded by all three sides in 2011 too.
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When do England first play?
The Vitality Roses will first take to court against the Uganda She Cranes on the first day (Friday, July 12), live on Sky Sports.
The side’s second match will be on Saturday, July 13 against Scotland in session two and their third match of the Preliminaries Stage One will be on Sunday July 14 against Samoa.
How can I get tickets?
Tickets for the competition are available through official Netball World Cup providers – here.
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