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Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports

Watch every match of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 live on Sky Sports from July, 12-21.

2015 Netball World Cup Opening Ceremony at Allphones Arena in Sydney
Image: The 2015 Netball World Cup Opening Ceremony at Allphones Arena in Sydney

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.

Tournament dates

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 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.

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Helen Housby soaring high in the circle for the Vitality Roses against Uganda during their three-match series
Image: Helen Housby showing her elevation in the circle for England's Vitality Roses

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.

Tournament Format

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

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Australia (A1) New Zealand (B1) Jamaica (C1) England (D1)
Northern Ireland (A2) Malawi (B2) South Africa (C2) Uganda (D2)
Zimbabwe (A3) Barbados (B3) Trinidad and Tobago (C3) Scotland (D3)
Sri Lanka (A4) Singapore (B4) Fiji (C4) Samoa (D4)

Tournament Schedule

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?

Australia celebrating with the Netball World Cup Trophy after victory in 2015
Image: Australia celebrating with the Netball World Cup Trophy after victory in 2015

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.

Netball World Cup - Previous Winners

Australia 11 titles (2015, 2011, 2007, 1999, 1995, 1991, 1983, 1979, 1975, 1971 and 1963)
New Zealand Four titles (2003, 1987, 1979, 1976)
Trinidad and Tobago One title (1979)

When do England first play?

Geva Mentor looks on during the 2019 Netball Quad Series in Liverpool
Image: On home soil, the hosts will be aiming to back up their Commonwealth Games gold

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.

How can I follow social media?

The Sky Sports Netball (@SkyNetball) Twitter account will be jam-packed with everything Netball World Cup related. Join the conversion on social using #ThisIsNetball and #NWC2019.

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