Women’s Soccer World Cup arrives on Australian soil

FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Baremen points out that two billion people are projected to watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup which kicks off today in New Zealand and Australia.

“It’s the biggest female sporting event in the world; we’ll have 1.5 million fans filling the stadiums, we have two billion people projected to watch,” Ms Baremen declared.

Australia and New Zealand will co-host the ninth FIFA Women’s World Cup from 20 July – 20 August 2023. 32 nations will compete in the Women’s World Cup for the first time. Born as a 12-team tournament in 1991, it was expanded to include 16 countries at USA 1999 and 24 at Canada 2015.

In 2023, fans will see 32 nations playing 64 matches across nine host cities in Australia and New Zealand for the first time in Women’s World Cup history.

The tournament will embody Australia’s passion for women’s football and provide Australians with the opportunity to watch, and be inspired by, the best footballers in the world.

Sydney/Gadigal will host 11 matches during the tournament, more than any other Host City.

Stadium Australia will host five blockbuster matches, including the Matildas opening match against Republic of Ireland, a Round of 16 match, Quarter-Final, Semi Final, and The Final.

Sydney Football Stadium will host five Group Matches and a Round of 16 Match.