Women’s World Cup 2023 Co-hosted By Australia And New Zealand

Women's World Cup 2023 Co-hosted By Australia And New Zealand

Draw for the 2023 Women’s World Cup football, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, will take place in Auckland on October 22 this year, FIFA said on Friday.

An expanded field of 32 teams will find their group-level opponents for the ninth edition of the Women’s World Cup.

The tournament kicks off on July 20 next year, with New Zealand playing the opening game in Auckland.

FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samura said: “Preparations are under way in Australia and New Zealand to welcome the world’s largest women’s singles event.

“The official draw countdown in October marks an important milestone for the team and fans.”

The month-long tournament will be held in five cities in Australia and four in New Zealand. The host countries qualify automatically.

From Asia, China, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam have already qualified with European teams France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark.

The United States won the 2019 edition in France.

A further five will take place in Australia while the remaining two matches will be played in Auckland and Wellington.

The quarter-finals are split between the two hosts, with matches in Auckland, Brisbane, Wellington and Stadium Australia in Sydney.

Both Australia and New Zealand will also host one semi-final each at Stadium Australia and Eden Park respectively, while the third-place playoff will take place at Brisbane Stadium.

Football Australia chief executive James Johnson said he “can’t think of a better outcome” for the Australian team as all their matches will be played on home soil.

“It’s a great schedule for the Matildas that means that the Matildas will not travel abroad in a co-hosted competition we are guaranteed,” said Johnson.

“I think we’ve all landed on a match schedule that everyone agreed with in the end, and everyone can buy into.

“I think the match schedule is what creates the whole narrative for the tournament, and this tournament will be fantastic because of this match schedule.”

Australia’s Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said momentum was building as the countdown to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 continues.

“It is a great privilege for Australia to host 35 matches, including the final – a sporting showcase that will reinforce our growing reputation as a major events host,” said Colbeck.

New Zealand’s Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson said New Zealanders were thrilled to be hosting 24 group matches and five knockout matches.

“Gaining an equal share of the group-stage matches with Australia is really exciting for Aotearoa and will ensure more of our sports-mad nation can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event in our backyard,” added Robertson.

The 2023 edition will be the largest ever FIFA Women’s World Cup with the number of teams increasing from 24 to 32.

No senior World Cup in men’s or women’s football has been held in Oceania before.

Australia and New Zealand were awarded the hosting rights following a FIFA Council vote in June 2020.

The joint bid received 22 out of a possible 35 votes to defeat Colombia, the only other contender, which obtained 13 votes.

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