Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, FIFA have confirmed after a vote.
The neighboring countries beat Colombia to host the 2023 World Cup, with the Australia-New Zealand bid beating the Colombian bid by 22-13 in the vote by the FIFA Council.
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FIFA rated the Australia-New Zealand bid as 4.1 out of 5 compared to 2.8 out of 5 for Colombia, so it was quite a surprise to see the voting was even that close.
The fact that Australasia will host the 2023 Women’s World Cup will be a huge boost for the region and it is the first time they will host a major global sporting event since the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Several youth World Cup tournaments have been held in both countries but this will be the first major FIFA tournament to be held in either country as the nations have bid before to host both the men’s and women’s World Cup.
After the success of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France and the 2015 edition in Canada, there is huge momentum in the women’s game and the expanded 24-team tournament has been instrumental in that.
This tournament will be the first time that 32 teams will compete at the Women’s World Cup and it is exciting to think where the women’s game will be at in less than three years’ time when this tournament kicks off.
Games will take place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle and Launceston in Australia, while Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will host games in New Zealand.