THE 2019 Women’s World Cup kicked off in France on Friday, June 7, with Google dedicating a Doodle to the big event.
And they’re continuing to celebrate the tournament with Doodles for different nations. Here’s more about the event and what the Doodle means.
When is the Women’s World Cup?
Now it’s the women’s turn — and they are determined to go one better and bring the trophy home.
England will play their second match against Argentina on Friday, June 14, as they make their bid to reach the latter stages.
The final will take place on July 7.
England players celebrate in the dressing room after reaching the semi-final at the World Cup in Canada four years ago[/caption]
Seven teams are making their eighth consecutive appearance in the Women’s World Cup, including the US, who return as defending champions looking to win their fourth title this year.
Four teams made their Women’s World Cup debut in 2019: Chile, Scotland, South Africa, and Jamaica—the first Caribbean team ever to qualify.
England and Scotland will be hoping to progress from Group D, which also includes Argentina and Japan.
What is the Women’s World Cup Google Doodle?
The tournament began with a colourful Google Doodle made up of several images showing off different teams who are taking to the pitch in the World Cup.
Each day Google will feature Doodles for the nations playing their matches that day.
The England sketch shows four players in different stages of kicking a ball as they go across the iconic Abbey Road crossing where The Beatles were photographed.
At the top of the drawing there are several England flags – and tucked away on the right is the iconic London double decker bus.
Each of the Doodles is drawn by an artist from that country.
Priya Mistry, who created the one for England, said of her creation: “It’s always great seeing a surge of enthusiasts and amateurs alike playing football in parks, gardens, and streets during international football tournaments.
“I tried to reflect this joy and enthusiasm in my design with the players almost dancing across the street.
“The composition is also a subtle nod to the famous album cover, Abbey Road.”
Scotland’s Doodle shows mountains and lochs as well as bagpipe-playing figures, with the Saltire flying in the background and a few thistles thrown in for good measure.
Scottish artist Nuria Boj said: “Football has always had a big presence in my childhood.
“It is always present in shared moments with my father and brothers, where we would either celebrate or debate every match, which makes it really special.”
The graphic for Italy shows footballers running through the street, cheered on by jubilant passersby – with a chic grandma and moped in there for good measure.
Artist Giovanna Giuliano said it reflected her childhood and playing “on the street on a summer afternoon”.
Argentina’s design by Xoana Herrera was inspired by “crazy” fans.
Also featured is Italy’s rivals Jamaica, with a Doodle showing music blasting out as footballers and dancers enjoy themselves.
Robin Clare said of her artwork: “I tried to capture the Jamaican vibe. We love a celebration.”
Japan’s piece, created by Ayumi Takahashi, includes the national flag with the red sun disc depicted as a football.
It also features cherry blossom, geishas and Mount Fuji.
Takahashi said: “To me, football is like art. It’s borderless and speaks to everyone, no matter where you are from.”
What is a Google Doodle?
In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google as a message that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born.
The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.
In that same year, a turkey was added to Thanksgiving and two pumpkins appeared as the ‘o’s for Halloween the following year.
Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.
Google kicked off 2019 with an animated Doodle of New Year’s Eve celebrations.
On February 5, 2019, the Chinese New Year was celebrated with a hand animation transforming into a pig.
LATEST GOOGLE DOODLES
St Patrick’s Day on March 17 was remembered with a Celtic Google Doodle.
And on March 21, Google Doodle used AI for the first time in a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach.
The Doodle allowed users to create their own tune.