FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – 7 June – 7 July 2019

This month the BBC kick off their #changethegame season in which they’ll be showcasing the talents of some fantastic female athletes across a range of exciting sporting events including the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019. England and Scotland have both been drawn in Group D and will play the following:

England v Scotland Sunday 9th June at 17:00
Scotland v Japan Friday 14th June at 14:00
England v Argentina Friday 14th June at 20:00
Scotland v Argentina Wednesday 19th June at 20:00
England v Japan. Wednesday 19th June at 20:00

Is your business prepared for a major tournament and the challenges it can present to your workplace? Although still not as closely followed as the men’s football world cup it’s a good idea to make sure your preparations include being clear about the following:

  • arrangements for booking annual leave;
  • temporary flexible working arrangements;
  • measures to avoid and deal with unauthorised absence;
  • internet use;
  • alcohol consumption; and
  • how issues such as poor timekeeping will be dealt with.

As an employer you may decide to take a “business as usual” approach and make clear that any breach of normal rules will be dealt with as a disciplinary issue, or you may accept that there is likely to be some disruption, and instead introduce some flexibility to allow employees to follow the events, and focus on avoiding serious misconduct.

Other major women’s sporting events in 2019 include:

Wimbledon Tennis 1 -1 4 July
Netball World Cup Netball 12 – 21 July
Women’s Ashes Cricket 2 – 31 July
Women’s British Open Golf 1 – 4 August
Road World Championships Cycling 22-29 September
World Athletics Championships Athletics 28 September – 6
World Para-athletics Championships Athletics 7 – 15 November