The WSF Women’s World Team Championship begins tomorrow at the Madinaty Sports Club in Cairo, Egypt.
The tournament, which sees four-player squads from each country battle it out in best-of-three-match ties, will be played across two all-glass courts and three traditional courts in Madinaty.
The main glass court, which will be located outdoors, will include commentary and have a multi-camera setup. The indoor glass court, meanwhile, will be a single camera without commentary.
All the action from both glass courts will be streamed for free on WORLDSQUASH.TV, the WSF’s new streaming platform.
In addition, viewers in Egypt can watch the action from the main glass court live on ON Sport, while the Olympic Channel will stream live from day two onwards.
At a press conference hosted by Talaat Moustafa Group [TMG] – the owners of Madinaty Sporting Club – WSF CEO William Louis-Marie, TMG Chief Executive for Business Development Omar Hesham Talaat and Egyptian Squash President Assem Khalifa discussed the competition and eye-catching venue, before revealing the pools, seeding and schedule for this year’s championship.
Tomorrow will feature five ties, with two taking place on the outdoor glass court, one on the indoor glass court and two on traditional courts. Play will begin at 17:30 (GMT+2) with concurrent action on four courts.
Hosts Egypt, whose entire playing squad are ranked within the world’s top six players and have won four of the last six championships and are seeded first. They take on Switzerland in the opening match on the outdoor glass court.
That match will be immediately followed by No.2 seeds USA facing Australia at 19:30. This year’s championship has been targeted as a potential break-out year for Team USA. The USA is predicted to enjoy a best ever tournament after three consecutive fifth-place finishes thanks to a deep squad, with all four members of their team inside the top 20 ranked players.
There are three other ties to look forward to on day one, with No.3 seeds England, who with seven titles are the second most successful team in championship history, playing South Africa on the indoor glass court.
On courts one and two, No.4 seeds France – who have recalled former World No.2 Camille Serme and Coline Aumard – take on Japan, while Malaysia play tournament debutants Chinese Taipei.
Order of play, WSF Women’s World Team Championship day one (10 December)
Outdoor Glass Court
17:30 –  Egypt v Switzerland
19:30 –  USA v Australia
Indoor Glass Court
17:30 –  England v South Africa
17:30 –  France v Japan
17:30 – [5/6] Malaysia v Chinese Taipei
Groups and seedings
Watch the action live and free on WORLDSQUASH.TV.