Follow the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Twitter

By Christopher Doyle

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 kicks off this Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada and football (or if you prefer, soccer) fans around the world can track every match, goal and all the news on Twitter.

Here’s your how-to-follow guide to get closer to the #FIFAWWC action.

Join the conversation

Football fans, follow the official FIFA tournament handle (@FIFAWWC) and dive into the global conversation using the hashtag #FIFAWWC.

FIFA, the teams and players are encouraging young women and girls around the world to live their dreams and break down barriers. Join the conversation using #LiveYourGoals.


FIFA is also asking fans to share how they are watching and enjoying the tournament, using the dedicated hashtag #myFIFAWWC. For the first time ever at a FIFA competition, fans will see this hashtag on match days, on each stadium’s LED advertising boards.

Hashflags

After their initial appearance during the 2014 Men’s World Cup, we’re bringing hashflags back for this year’s Women’s World Cup. This is a fun and easy way to add some color to your Tweets. Use a hashtag in front of the relevant three-letter country code, and that country’s flag will appear after your message. In addition, Tweeting with the official tournament hashtag (#FIFAWWC) will unlock a special ball image hashflag to celebrate the event.

Yesterday, Canadian GRAMMY winner Sarah McLachlan (@SarahMcLachlan) launched hashflags via #CAN and #FIFAWWC:

Follow the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Twitter

This Tweet reveals via a GIF the three-letter country codes that will unlock hashflags for all 24 teams.

The U.S. Soccer team also has their very own hashflag for #SheBelieves:

Follow the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Twitter

The teams

The teams are already engaging with their Twitter fans ahead of the tournament: 22 of the total of 24 are active now, and you can find team-related accounts on this Twitter list.



Host nation Canada (@CanadaSoccerEN) is encouraging fans to Tweet photos and messages to the team with #CanadaRED, the team’s rallying cry.

And fans have joined the conversation:



The players

Over 270 players are on Twitter too. You can find and follow #FIFAWWC players on this Twitter list.



Building off of the U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer_wnt) team’s #SheBelieves campaign, players surfaced #SheBelieves messages from young fans Tweeting about what they aspire to be when they grow up. The team Tweeted a video that had players read off a fan Tweet and followed up with advice:


A player responded to a thankful young fan, too:

And what If Twitter users could pick an all-star 11 for the starting lineup? This Twitter 11 squad below is composed of players mentioned the most (by position) on Twitter over the past three months, forming a team that would surely be the envy of any manager in Canada:

Follow the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Twitter

Canada travel guide

If you’re traveling to Canada to experience the action in person, here are a few local accounts to help you get familiar with each of the six cities where matches take place.

Edmonton:

Montreal:

Moncton:

Ottawa:

Vancouver:

Winnipeg:

And Saturday, June 6 at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto, broadcaster TSN (@TSN_Sports) will set up the ultimate social kiosk, where fans can view and search through #FIFAWWC Tweets via a touchscreen and take selfies to Tweet:

Join the #FIFAWWC conversation today and cheer for your favorite teams and players.