The FIFA Women's World Cup™ Original Trophy is going on an adventure!
Ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup™ kick-off in France on 7 June 2019, the prize has left its display cabinet at the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich to embark on the FIFA Women's World Cup™ Trophy Tour. Some five months after the Tour starts, on 7 July 2019, it will be handed to the new world champions in Lyon's Parc Olympique Lyonnais to mark the start of the victory celebrations.
However, the display case won’t be left empty. In the meantime, visitors to the FIFA World Football Museum will have the opportunity to see the FIFA Women's World Cup™ Winner's Trophy.
Facts about the FIFA Women's World Cup™ Original Trophy:
Designed by William Sawaya and hand-crafted by Milanese specialists Sawaya & Moroni in 1998 in time for the 1999 tournament, the trophy, standing at 47cm and weighing 4.6kg, captures the athleticism, dynamism and elegance of international women’s football. Fitted with a modern, cone-shaped base that reinforces the uplifting spirit of the design, the trophy stretches skywards in the form of a spiral band, enclosing a football at the top. The trophy is made of bronze gold-plated, polished aluminum and Verde Candeias Granite. Engraved underneath its base are the names of each of the previous winners of the Women’s World Cup.
The Original Trophy will visit 24 countries around the globe, building the atmosphere in the run-up to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™ and giving fans the opportunity to see the coveted prize. In May the Trophy will return to France for a local tour before the beginning of the tournament. The FIFA Women's World Cup™ Trophy Tour kicks-off in Paris on the 24th of February.
The FIFA Women's World Cup™ Winner’s Trophy which is now displayed at the FIFA World Football Museum will be given to the new world champions immediately after the official final ceremony at which the Original Trophy is presented. The victors may keep the Winner's Trophy, which is almost an exact replica, while the Original Trophy will return to its display case at the FIFA Museum.
The trophies can be distinguished on close inspection, as the Winner's Trophy will have the name of the 2019 winners engraved after the final, while the original has all previous winners etched on the bottom of the Trophy.