FIFA Women World Cup 2023: The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup is the ninth edition of the international football championship contested by women’s national teams and organized by FIFA. It is held every four years.
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup is jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, and is taking place from 20 July to 20 August 2023. It is the first FIFA Women’s World Cup to have more than one host nation.
The FIFA Council made a unanimous decision on July 31 to increase the number of teams participating in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to 32. The tournament will now have eight groups of four.
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will follow the same format as the men’s FIFA World Cup used between 1998 and 2022. The tournament will have eight groups of four teams in the group stage, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the knockout tournament that starts with a round of 16 teams. The total number of games played will increase from 52 to 64.
Australia and New Zealand submitted a bid book to FIFA proposing 13 possible venues across 12 host cities for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. They suggested that a minimum of 10 stadiums be used, with 5 in each country.
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand across five cities and six stadiums in Australia, and four cities and stadiums in New Zealand.
The opening ceremony of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup took place at Eden Park, Auckland on July 20, 2023, ahead of the opening game between New Zealand and Norway.
FIFA announced the list of referees, assistant referees, and video assistant referees (VAR) for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The list includes 33 referees, 55 assistant referees, and 19 VARs, with 2 referees each from Australia, Canada, South Korea, and the United States.
Just the FIFA Men’s World Cup last year, OneLove armbands were still banned at the Women’s World Cup, with a similar FIFA-designed armband instead made available by the organisation.