Australia and New Zealand have officially been awarded the rights to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, beating out Colombia at the FIFA Council vote this morning.
FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, announced its decision after its governing council held a vote by video conference. It also announced that the FIFA Council had approved $1 billion in investment in women’s soccer over the next four years in conjunction.
After a final campaign presentation that was boosted by features from both New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, the FIFA Council voted in favour of the Australia-New Zealand joint bid.
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be played in 13 venues across 12 cities, seven in Australia and five in New Zealand, with the opening match at Eden Park in Auckland and the final in Sydney.
The 2023 competition is set to be the first 32-team women’s World Cup, after the 2019 World Cup in France saw 24 nations compete.
The entire Ministry of Sport team would like to extend a massive congratulations to the entire team involved in the bidding process for AsOne2023, both the Australian Matildas and New Zealand Football Ferns, and wish the best of luck to both nations in preparation of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
We will all be watching closely, along with the rest of the world.
To find out more details about the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup bid process, make sure to watch our ‘Conversations’ vodcast episode featuring Football Federation Australia (FFA) FIFA Women’s World Cup Bid 2023 general manager, Jane Fernandez, click here.