The Women’s Football World Cup has kicked off and we’re celebrating with a series of posts bringing you fun facts about the flags of the teams in each group.
Today, we’re looking at the flags of the countries in group B: Australia, Canada, Nigeria and the Republic of Ireland.
The Australia flag has a dark blue background with the Union Flag in the top-left corner. Under the Union Flag is a seven-pointed star and there are a further five stars in the shape of the Southern Cross constellation, which is seen in the sky over Australia.
Did you know:
The Canada flag, adopted in 1965, has a vertical tricolour of red, white (double-width) and red stripes. There is a red maple leaf in the centre of the white stripe.
The Nigeria flag has three vertical stripes – the outer two are green and the central stripe is white.
The Republic of Ireland flag was first adopted in 1922. It has a vertical tricolour of green, white and orange stripes.
The flag represents peace: the green symbolises the Republican Catholics, with the orange symbolising the Protestants. The white between the colours represents a lasting truce between the two sides.
Check back in the coming days when we’ll be exploring fun facts about the flags of the country’s in Group C of the FIFA Women’s World Cup: Costa Rica, Japan, Spain and Zambia.