- Corinne Diacre has been named coach of France's women's team
- She replaces Olivier Echouafni, dismissed after less than a year in the job
- Diacre made headlines as the first woman to coach a professional men's side
[PRESS RELEASE] Corinne Diacre has been appointed coach of France's women's team
The challenges facing Diacre in her new role could hardly be more intense. France are set to host the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™ and the home nation have made no secret of their desire to lift the trophy. Diacre will need to inspire a squad that has fallen short in their last four major tournaments, exiting at the quarter-final stage of UEFA Women's EURO 2013, Women's World Cup 2015, the 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament and Women's EURO 2017.
"I'm pleased with the appointment of Corinne Diacre," said the President of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet. "Corinne is a very experienced coach who now begins a long-term project with a major immediate goal: preparing for the 2019 World Cup, which we will host."
Diacre's first test as France coach will be a meeting with Chile in Caen on 15 September, before Les Bleues tackle Spain in Calais three days later.