2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

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2023 FIFA Women's World Cup
Logo of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.svg
Official logo
Beyond Greatness
Tournament details
Host countriesAustralia
New Zealand
Dates20 July – 20 August
Teams32 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)10 (in 9 host cities)
2019
2027

The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup is scheduled to be the 9th edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for women's national football teams organised by FIFA. The tournament will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, the first time that the FIFA Women's World Cup will have two host nations, and is scheduled to take place from 20 July to 20 August 2023.[1] The 2023 tournament will see the Women's World Cup expanded from 24 to 32 teams.

The United States are the defending champions, having won the previous two tournaments in 2015 and 2019.

Host selection[edit]

FIFA announced that bidding had begun for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup on 19 February 2019.[2] Member associations interested in hosting the tournament had to submit a declaration of interest by 15 March, and provide the completed bidding registration by 16 April. However, FIFA revised the bidding timeline as the tournament expanded to 32 teams on 31 July.[3] Other member associations interested in hosting the tournament now had until 16 August to submit a declaration of interest, while the completed bidding registration of new member associations and re-confirmation of prior bidders was due by 2 September.[4]

Nine countries initially indicated interest in hosting the events: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, South Korea (with interest in a joint bid with North Korea), New Zealand and South Africa.[5] Belgium expressed interest in hosting the tournament following the new deadline but later dropped out with Bolivia in September 2019.[6][7] Australia and New Zealand later announced they would merge their bids in a joint submission.[8] Brazil, Colombia, and Japan joined them in submitting their bid books to FIFA by 13 December.[9] However, both Brazil and Japan later withdrew their bids in June 2020 before the final voting.[10][11]

On 25 June 2020, Australia and New Zealand won the bid to host the Women's World Cup.[12] The decision came after a vote by the FIFA Council, with the winning bid earning 22 votes, while Colombia earned 13.[13] Neither country had previously hosted a senior FIFA tournament. This will be the first Women's World Cup to be hosted in multiple countries, and only the second World Cup tournament to do so, following the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It is also the first FIFA Women's World Cup to be held in the southern hemisphere, the first senior FIFA tournament to be held in Oceania, and the first FIFA tournament to be hosted across multiple confederations (with Australia in the AFC and New Zealand in the OFC). Australia is the second association from the AFC to host the Women's World Cup, after China in both 1991 and 2007.

2023 FIFA WWC bidding (majority 18 votes)
Bidding Nation(s) Votes
Round 1
 Australia
 New Zealand
22
 Colombia 13
Recused 2
Total votes 35

Format[edit]

In July 2019, FIFA President Gianni Infantino proposed an expansion of the Women's World Cup from 24 to 32 teams, starting with the 2023 edition, and doubling the tournament's prize money.[14] The proposal came following the success of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and the prior edition of the tournament in 2015, which after increasing from 16 to 24 teams set an attendance record for all FIFA competitions besides the men's FIFA World Cup.[15] Expanding the tournament to allow eight additional participating teams gave more member associations a greater opportunity to qualify for the final tournament. This fostered the growing reach and professionalisation of the women's game.[16]

On 31 July, the FIFA Council unanimously decided to expand the tournament to 32 teams, featuring eight groups of four.[3]

The astounding success of this year's FIFA Women's World Cup in France made it very clear that this is the time to keep the momentum going and take concrete steps to foster the growth of women's football. I am glad to see this proposal becoming a reality.

The tournament opens with a group stage consisting of eight groups of four teams, with the top two teams progressing from each group to a knockout tournament starting with a round of 16 teams. The number of games played overall increases from 52 to 64. The tournament replicates the format of the FIFA World Cup used between 1998 and 2022.

Teams[edit]

Qualification[edit]

FIFA’s confederations organise their qualifications through continental championships, with the exception of UEFA which organise their own qualifying competition. Australia and New Zealand, as co-hosts, qualified automatically for the tournament leaving the remaining 207 FIFA member associations eligible to enter qualifications if they chose to do so. Australia competed in the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup, whilst New Zealand did not enter the OFC Women's Nations Cup the same year. The reigning Women’s World Cup champions USA compete in qualifications through the CONCACAF W Championship as normal. Chad and Pakistan football associations were suspended by FIFA, thus excluding them from entering qualifications.[17] Rwanda, Sudan, DR Congo and São Tomé and Príncipe entered qualifications but withdrew later.[18][19][20][21] Kenya withdrew before the second round of qualifiers.[22] North Korea and Turkmenistan withdrew from the Women's Asian Cup qualifiers due to safety concerns and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[23] Iraq withdrew after the AFC draw.[24] Due to the uncertainty of women’s sport after the Taliban takeover of the country, Afghanistan withdrew from qualification.[25] Due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreaks in their squads, Women's Asian Cup hosts India withdrew from competition.[26] American Samoa withdrew due to continuing difficulties related to the pandemic.[27]

The allocation of slots for each confederation was confirmed by the FIFA Council on 25 December 2020:[28]

(*) The slots for the two host nations, Australia and New Zealand, were taken directly from the quotas allocated to their confederations, the AFC and OFC respectively.

A ten-team play-off tournament will decide the final three spots at the Women's World Cup. The play-off slot allocation is as follows:

  • AFC (Asia): 2 slots
  • CAF (Africa): 2 slots
  • CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean): 2 slots
  • CONMEBOL (South America): 2 slots
  • OFC (Oceania): 1 slot
  • UEFA (Europe): 1 slot

On 9 December 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency initially handed Russia a four-year ban from all major sporting events, after Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was found non-compliant for handing over manipulated laboratory data to investigators.[29] However, the Russia national team could still enter qualification, as the ban only applies to the final tournament to decide the world champions. The WADA ruling allowed athletes who were not involved in doping or the coverup to compete; however, a team representing Russia that uses the Russian flag and anthem cannot participate under the WADA decision.[30] The decision was appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[31] which upheld WADA's ban but reduced it to two years.[32] The CAS ruling also allowed the name "Russia" to be displayed on uniforms if the words "Neutral Athlete" or "Neutral Team" have equal prominence.[33] Had Russia qualified for the tournament, its female players would have been able to use their country's name, flag or anthem at the Women's World Cup, unlike their male counterparts, as the ban will expire on 16 December 2022.[33][34] However, following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIFA officially overturned the decision, implemented an indefinite ban on Russia from participating in any FIFA tournament until further updates, and officially ruled out Russia from participating in the 2023 Women's World Cup.[35]

As of 3 May 2022, 11 nations have qualified for the finals, including 8 that competed at the previous tournament in 2019. The Philippines and Vietnam will be making their debut in the FIFA Women's World Cup, and as a result also competing in their first ever seniors FIFA tournament, with the former being the first ever FIFA competition it has qualified. Denmark made their first appearance in 16 years after missing out in three consecutive tournaments, with their last appearance being in 2007.

Team Qualified as
 Australia Co-hosts
 New Zealand Co-hosts
 Japan AFC Women's Asian Cup semi-finalists
 South Korea AFC Women's Asian Cup runners-up
 China PR AFC Women's Asian Cup champions
 Philippines AFC Women's Asian Cup semi-finalists
 Vietnam AFC Women's Asian Cup play-offs winners
 Sweden UEFA Group A winners
 Spain UEFA Group B winners
 France UEFA Group I winners
 Denmark UEFA Group E winners

Draw[edit]

The final draw is scheduled to take place at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, on 22 October 2022, prior to the completion of qualification.[36] The three winners of the inter-confederation play-off will not be known at the time of the draw.

For the draw, the 32 teams will be allocated into four pots based on the FIFA Women's World Rankings. The teams competing will be drawn in to eight groups of four teams, with the hosts New Zealand and Australia automatically placed in positions A1 and B1, respectively.

Venues[edit]

Australia and New Zealand proposed 13 possible venues across 12 host cities for the tournament in the bid book submitted to FIFA, suggesting a minimum of 10 stadiums be used—five in each country.[37] The original proposal of the joint bid would have seen the venues be divided into three main travel hubs: South Hub containing Perth, Adelaide, Launceston and Melbourne, East Hub containing Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and Launceston, and New Zealand Hub containing Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin. The Sydney Football Stadium was the only new stadium within the bid that is undergoing a major renovation replacing the old Football Stadium on the same site.

The bid evaluation was released on 10 June 2020 by FIFA, which noted that the majority of the stadiums listed in the bid meet FIFA’s hosting requirements with capacity, aside from Adelaide and Auckland which didn’t meet the minimum requirements capacity wise for stages of the competition proposed for.[38] Most stadiums featured in the bid, are planned to have minor renovations with new floodlighting, pitch renovations and gender-neutral changing rooms in time for the tournament.

On 31 March 2021, FIFA announced the final host city and venue selections. Five cities and six stadiums will be used in Australia, and four cities and stadiums in New Zealand. From the proposed venues, Newcastle and Launceston were not selected in Australia, and Christchurch was omitted in New Zealand. Eden Park in Auckland will host the opening game, with Stadium Australia in Sydney to host the 2023 Women's World Cup final match. As a part of the branding, all cities will use their native names (Indigenous Australian and Māori in New Zealand) in an effort to reconcile and respect the original owners of the land.[39][40]

Australia Australia
Adelaide (Tarntanya) Brisbane (Meaanjin) Melbourne (Naarm) Perth (Boorloo) Sydney (Gadigal)
Hindmarsh Stadium Suncorp Stadium
(Brisbane Stadium)
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium Perth Rectangular Stadium Stadium Australia Sydney Football Stadium
Capacity: 16,500 (expanding to 22,000) Capacity: 52,500 Capacity: 30,050 Capacity: 22,500 Capacity: 83,500 Capacity: 45,000
Under construction

Australian host cities

New Zealand host cities

New Zealand New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Auckland (Tāmaki Makaurau) Dunedin (Ōtepoti) Hamilton (Kirikiriroa) Wellington (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)
Eden Park Forsyth Barr Stadium
(Dunedin Stadium)
Waikato Stadium Wellington Regional Stadium
Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 30,748 Capacity: 25,800 Capacity: 34,500

Schedule[edit]

The match schedule was announced by FIFA on 1 December 2021 without kick-off times.[41] The opening match of the tournament, featuring co-hosts New Zealand, will be played on 20 July 2023 at Eden Park. Whilst the inaugural match in Australia, will take place on the same day at Sydney Football Stadium. The group stage fixtures will be split between the co-hosts with each hosting four groups. The third-place match will be played at Lang Park on 19 August 2023, with the final to be played at Stadium Australia on 20 August 2023.[42]

Due to the structure of the match schedule, Australia are the only confirmed team to play all their fixtures in one country.

The group stage fixtures for each group will be allocated to the following host country:[42]

Competing countries will be divided into eight groups of four teams (groups A to H). Teams in each group will play one another in a round-robin, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout stage.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  New Zealand (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 A4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 20 July 2023. Source: FIFA
(H) Host
New Zealand vA2
A3vA4

New Zealand vA3
A4vA2

A4v New Zealand
A2vA3

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 B4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 20 July 2023. Source: FIFA
(H) Host
Australia vB2
B3vB4

B4vB2
Australia vB3

B4v Australia
B2vB3

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 C4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 21 July 2023. Source: FIFA
C1vC2
C3vC4

C1vC3
C4vC2

C4vC1
C2vC3

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 D2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 22 July 2023. Source: FIFA
D1vD2
D3vD4

D1vD3
D4vD2

D4vD1
D2vD3

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 E1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 E2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 E3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 E4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 22 July 2023. Source: FIFA
E1vE2
E3vE4

E1vE3
E4vE2

E4vE1
E2vE3

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 F2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 F4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 23 July 2023. Source: FIFA
F1vF2
F3vF4

F1vF3
F4vF2

F4vF1
F2vF3

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 G1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 G2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 G3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 G4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 23 July 2023. Source: FIFA
G1vG2
G3vG4

G4vG2
G1vG3

G4vG1
G2vG3

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 H1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 H2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 H3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 H4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 24 July 2023. Source: FIFA
H1vH2
H3vH4

H1vH3
H4vH2

H4vH1
H2vH3

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of 90 minutes of normal playing time, extra time will be played (two periods of 15 minutes each). If the score was still level after extra time, the winners will be determined by a penalty shoot-out.

Bracket[edit]

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
5 August – Auckland
 
 
Winner Group A
 
11 August – Wellington
 
Runner-up Group C
 
Winner R16 Match 1
 
6 August – Sydney (Football)
 
Winner R16 Match 3
 
Winner Group E
 
15 August – Auckland
 
Runner-up Group G
 
Winner quarter-final A
 
5 August – Wellington
 
Winner quarter-final B
 
Winner Group C
 
11 August – Auckland
 
Runner-up Group A
 
Winner R16 Match 2
 
6 August – Melbourne
 
Winner R16 Match 4
 
Winner Group G
 
20 August – Sydney (Australia)
 
Runner-up Group E
 
Winner semi-final I
 
7 August – Sydney (Australia)
 
Winner semi-final II
 
Winner Group B
 
12 August – Brisbane
 
Runner-up Group D
 
Winner R16 Match 5
 
8 August – Adelaide
 
Winner R16 Match 7
 
Winner Group F
 
16 August – Sydney (Australia)
 
Runner-up Group H
 
Winner quarter-final C
 
7 August – Brisbane
 
Winner quarter-final DThird place match
 
Winner Group D
 
12 August – Sydney (Australia)19 August – Brisbane
 
Runner-up Group B
 
Winner R16 Match 6Loser semi-final I
 
8 August – Melbourne
 
Winner R16 Match 8Loser semi-final II
 
Winner Group H
 
 
Runner-up Group F
 

Round of 16[edit]

Winner Group AR16 Match 1Runner-up Group C

Winner Group CR16 Match 2Runner-up Group A

Winner Group ER16 Match 3Runner-up Group G

Winner Group GR16 Match 4Runner-up Group E

Winner Group BR16 Match 5Runner-up Group D

Winner Group DR16 Match 6Runner-up Group B

Winner Group FR16 Match 7Runner-up Group H

Winner Group HR16 Match 8Runner-up Group F

Quarter-finals[edit]

Winner R16 Match 1Quarter-final AWinner R16 Match 3

Winner R16 Match 2Quarter-final BWinner R16 Match 4

Winner R16 Match 5Quarter-final CWinner R16 Match 7

Winner R16 Match 6Quarter-final DWinner R16 Match 8

Semi-finals[edit]

Winner quarter-final ASemi-final IWinner quarter-final B

Winner quarter-final CSemi-final IIWinner quarter-final D

Third place match[edit]

Loser semi-final IvLoser semi-final II

Final[edit]

Winner semi-final IvWinner semi-final II

Marketing[edit]

Branding[edit]

The official emblem was jointly designed by Toronto-based studio Public Address and Los Angeles-based Works Creative agency and unveiled on 28 October 2021 during a live show. The emblem features a soccer ball encircled by 32 coloured squares, reflecting the expanded field of the tournament, and the natural terrains of the two host nations. The overall branding of the tournament will feature designs reflecting the host nations' Indigenous peoples, created by Australian artist Chern'ee Sutton and Maori artist Fiona Collis. Furthermore, the tournament's branding will also incorporate the native names of all host cities. Alongside the emblem, the official slogan of the tournament, "Beyond Greatness", reflects FIFA's goal for the event to further expand the prominence of women's football, was also revealed.[43][44]

Official song[edit]

On 28 October 2021 same day as the official emblem and slogan unveiling, British DJ and music producer Kelly Lee Owens released "Unity" as the theme song for the event.[45]

Sponsorship[edit]

FIFA partners FIFA Women's World Cup partners

Broadcasting rights[edit]

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