The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 marks the ninth edition of this prestigious quadrennial international association football championship, where women’s national teams compete on the global stage.
Organized by FIFA, the tournament is jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand and is scheduled to take place from July 20th to August 20th, 2023.
This edition makes history as it is the first FIFA Women’s World Cup to have more than one host nation, with Australia in the Asian confederation and New Zealand in the Oceanian confederation.
Additionally, it is the first Women’s World Cup to feature 32 teams, expanded from the previous 24, following the format used in the men’s World Cup from 1998 to 2022.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
The opening match of the tournament took place on July 20th, 2023, at Eden Park in Auckland, where New Zealand faced off against Norway.
The final match is set to be held on August 20th, 2023, at the Sydney Olympic Stadium in Sydney. The reigning champions, the United States, will defend their title after claiming victory in the 2015 and 2019 tournaments.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup is a premier professional association football tournament showcasing senior women’s national football teams, organized by FIFA.
It was first held in 1991 in China and has since grown in size and popularity. The 2023 edition sees an expansion to 32 participating teams, following the format of eight round-robin groups, followed by a knockout round featuring 16 teams.
The match schedule was unveiled by FIFA on December 1st, 2021, with the kick-off times confirmed on October 24th, 2022, shortly after the final draw.
The opening match between co-hosts New Zealand and Norway took place at Eden Park, while Australia played their inaugural match against the Republic of Ireland at Stadium Australia, following a venue change due to high ticket demand.
The group stage fixtures are divided between the two host nations, with New Zealand hosting Groups A, C, E, and G, and Australia hosting Groups B, D, F, and H. The third-place match is scheduled for August 19th at Lang Park, while the final will be held at Stadium Australia on August 20th.
In terms of prize money, FIFA announced in June 2023 that the total prize pool for this edition amounts to $110 million, an $80 million increase compared to the previous tournament.
Notably, for the first time in Women’s World Cup history, FIFA will directly distribute prize payments to players in addition to the national associations.
This decision came in response to reports of some national associations withholding or not paying competition prize money to players. The global player union FIFPRO sent a letter, signed by players from around the world, to FIFA in March 2023, advocating for equal prize money in both men’s and women’s tournaments, with at least 30% allocated to the players.
While FIFA did not achieve complete parity with the men’s tournament, it significantly increased the prize money with more than half directed to the players directly. This marks a significant step towards acknowledging and addressing gender disparities in football.
In conclusion, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup promises to be an exciting and historic event, with Australia and New Zealand jointly hosting for the first time, and an expanded format of 32 teams competing to claim the prestigious title on the global stage.
The tournament represents a major step forward in recognizing and supporting women’s football, not only through its increased prize money but also by providing a platform for talented athletes from around the world to showcase their skills and passion for the game.
Football fans worldwide eagerly anticipate the captivating matches and memorable moments that this Women’s World Cup is sure to deliver.
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