Australia and New Zealand will host 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup
Following a video conference vote, the FIFA Council has chosen Australia and New Zealand as organisers of the upcoming 2023 Women's World Cup.
The joint bid submitted by the Australian Football Federation and the New Zealand Football Federation received 22 of the 35 valid votes cast by the members of the FIFA Council in the first round, while the bid by the Colombian Football Federation received 13 votes.
This would be the first time a World Cup of any gender has been held on the ocean continent. Before the last edition contested last year in France, in which the United States was crowned champion, this event has taken place in Canada (2015), Germany (2011), China (2007), the United States (2003 and 1999), Sweden (1995) and China (1991). The New Zealand federation had applied to host in 2019 but withdrew its candidacy before the elections.
Can you imagine living this soccer championship in one of these incredible countries?
Australia and New Zealand will be responsible for organising the maximum competition in the category within three years, in an event that will have the same format that was used in the last edition. However, other teams will join, there will no longer be 24 but 32, as in men's. The teams will be spread across eight zones of four teams and the top two from each group will advance to the final rounds.
For the start, there will be one more place for each federation in the Qualifiers and the teams that qualify would be divided as follows: United States (champion), Australia, New Zealand (hosts), 6 places for Asia, 4 places for Africa, 4.5 places for Concacaf, 3.5 seats for Conmebol, 2 seats for Oceania (hosts) and 9 seats for Europe.
If you are in Australia or New Zealand prepare to experience one of the most important sporting events in the world, we are sure that this experience will be unique.
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