The Icelandic national women’s soccer team is gearing up to face an especially tough opponent this evening, France, in their first match of this year’s EURO ’17 tournament in the Netherlands, Vísir reports. This is the third time that the Icelandic women’s team has made it to the tournament; prior to 2009, no Icelandic soccer team had qualified for a major international tournament. Since then, the Icelanders have proven themselves to be a force to be reckoned with. Iceland’s dramatic advancement and subsequent loss to France in the quarter-finals of last year’s men’s Euro cup brought the fanfare surrounding Icelandic soccer to new heights.
Tonight’s opponents, France, are ranked number three in the world and have maintained an undefeated record in qualifiers leading up to the tournament. Iceland is currently ranked 19th. The teams have met on nine prior occasions—France won seven matches, Iceland won one, and one ended in a tie.
The match is set to begin at 6:45 local time and will be shown publicly on the big screen at Ingólfstorg in Reykjavík’s city center.