The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Women’s World Cup is the biggest global event in women’s soccer. Don’t miss your chance to join the world as it comes together to watch the best of the best battle it out. In 2023, the FIFA Women’s World Cup will head to Oceania for the first time in history. What’s more, 2023’s event will include a record-breaking 32 teams from around the world. No soccer fan can simply sit these matches out while history is being made! Major League Vacations (MLV) offers Women’s World Cup vacation packages that take care of everything!
What Is the Women’s World Cup?
The FIFA Women’s World Cup is a competition played by the top women’s national teams within FIFA. FIFA is the governing body of international women’s soccer. Under the World Cup’s current format, teams from around the globe vie for a total of 31 slots during a three-year qualification period. Every host nation’s team is reserved an extra slot beyond the 31 slots by default. The World Cup tournament takes place over the course of a month at various venues throughout the host country. In fact, the thrill of the World Cup is that the host country typically scatters venues across up to a dozen different cities. That means that fans get to explore the rich culture of the host nation while tracking their favorite teams in the most important matches of the decade. Past World Cup hosts include:
- The United States
Qualifying tournaments for the Women’s World Cup are held within the FIFA continental zones of Africa, Asia, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Oceania, and Europe prior to the World Cup. FIFA makes determinations regarding the number of berths awarded per zone based on the collective strength of the teams within any given conference. The number of finalists increased from 16 to 32 during the period from 2015 through 2023.
Details on the “When” and “Where” of the 2023 Women’s World Cup
In 2023, history will be made when the World Cup is hosted by two countries for the first time ever. This will also mark the first time that the Women’s World Cup is hosted in the Southern Hemisphere. That’s because the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The tournament will take place from July 19 through Aug. 20 during the summer of 2023. What will make this tournament especially satisfying for fans is that the expanded format will now feature 32 teams instead of the 24 teams featured in the 2019 World Cup in France.
FIFA announced that bidding for the host role for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup was opening up back in February of 2019. A nine-country list of bidders that included Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and South Africa emerged to vie for host status. Australia and New Zealand won their joint bid to become the official co-hosts of the 2023 Women’s World Cup! The event will mark a first time for hosting for both nations.
FIFA has released venue information for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. A total of six stadiums spread across five cities will be used in Australia. Four stadiums located in four cities will be used in New Zealand. Here’s a breakdown of where fans will be headed:
- Stadium Australia: 83,500 capacity
- Sydney Football Stadium: 42,500 capacity
- Brisbane Football Stadium: 52,500 capacity
- Melbourne Rectangular Stadium: 30,050 capacity
- Perth Rectangular Stadium: 22,500 capacity
- Hindmarsh Stadium: 16,500 capacity
Auckland, New Zealand
- Eden Park: 50,000 capacity
Wellington, New Zealand
- Wellington Regional Stadium: 34,500 capacity
Dunedin, New Zealand
- Forsyth Barr Stadium (Dunedin Stadium): 30,748 capacity
Hamilton, New Zealand
- Waikato Stadium: 25,800 capacity
The opening match of the 2023 Women’s World Cup is scheduled to take place on July 20 at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. An inaugural match will take place on the same day at Sydney Football Stadium in Australia. All teams participating in the tournament will shift between countries during the month-long event. Based on the structure of the match schedule that’s been released, Australia stands as the only team set to play all of their events in one country.
Who Will Be Playing in the 2023 Women’s World Cup?
After taking home the victory at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the United States will show up ready to defend the title. The fact that FIFA has extended the tournament to now include 32 teams makes 2023 the most exciting year in history to attend the event. Here’s a look at the full roster of confirmed teams participating in the 2023 Women’s World Cup:
- New Zealand (Group A)
- Norway (Group A)
- Philippines (Group A)
- Switzerland (Group A)
- Australia (Group B)
- Republic of Ireland (Group B)
- Nigeria (Group B)
- Canada (Group B)
- Spain (Group C)
- Costa Rica (Group C)
- Zambia (Group C)
- Japan (Group C)
- England (D)
- China (Group D)
- United States (Group D)
- Denmark (Group Group E)
- Netherlands (Group E)
- Vietnam (Group E)
- France (Group F)
- Jamaica (Group F)
- Brazil (Group F)
- Sweden (Group G)
- South Africa (Group G)
- Italy (Group G)
- Argentina (Group G)
- Germany (Group H)
- Morocco (Group H)
- Colombia (Group H)
- South Korea (Group H)
We also know a bit about the “vibe” that will be welcoming teams, fans, and the press when everyone arrives in Oceania for the big event in the summer of 2023. It’s been announced that a mascot named Tazuni will serve as the official personality of the 2023 Women’s World Cup. A portmanteau of the Tasman Sea and unity, Tazuni is modeled after the small penguin (Eudyptula minor) species that is native to Australia and New Zealand. The official song of the 2023 Women’s World Cup has also been announced. A song called “Unity” was created by Kelly Lee Owens to serve as the official soundtrack for the event.
Why You Should Attend the 2023 FIFA Women’s World’s Cup in Australia and New Zealand
The 2023 Women’s World Cup won’t just be an incredible experience for soccer fans. This event is all about watching history being made on the field! With more teams than ever participating in the tournament, interest is higher than it’s ever been around the world. That means that fans who attend will experience an energy that’s richer and livelier than anything that has ever been felt at a Women’s World Cup event in the past!
The main objective when attending the Women’s World Cup is to see the best players in the world competing on the world’s biggest grass stage. There’s simply no other way to see so many elite soccer players in one place. Of course, fans from the United States have a special reason for attending the 2023 Women’s World Cup. This is the year when the United States will show up to defend its 2019 title. Fans can show their support by being represented in the stands.
The 2023 Women’s World Cup is about more than just the matches. Traveling to attend the Women’s World Cup means traveling to Oceania to visit the biggest cities in Australia and New Zealand. While these places are always special, they take on new vibrancy when people from around the world gather for one of the biggest sporting events in history.
How to Get to the 2023 Women’s World Cup
It’s only natural to feel overwhelmed when traveling to any major sporting event. Making plans to attend the 2023 Women’s World Cup is especially stressful due to the fact that the events are spread out over two countries. There’s no need to try to plan your visit to the 2023 Women’s World Cup alone. Major League Vacations offers 2023 Women’s World Cup vacation packages that take care of all of the details of getting there, seeing the events, and getting back home.
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