Home TOP STORIES Australia and New Zealand picked by FIFA to host 2023 Women’s World...

Australia and New Zealand picked by FIFA to host 2023 Women’s World Cup

The winning bid proposed 12 cities with seven in Australia and five in New Zealand. It includes the main stadium used for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Australia and New Zealand will be hosting the 2023 Women's World Cup. (@FIFAWWC)

Australia and New Zealand will be hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup. (@FIFAWWC)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FIFA has picked New Zealand and Australia will co-host 2023 Women’s World Cup
  • The winning bid proposed 12 cities with seven in Australia and five in New Zealand
  • It includes the main stadium used for the 2000 Sydney Olympics

Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

The island neighbors beat Colombia 22-13 in a vote Thursday by FIFA’s ruling council, which judged them as having the best commercial prospects for women’s soccer.

The vote was split along continental lines, with Europe joining South America in voting for Colombia.

The expanded 32-team tournament — eight more than the 2019 edition in France — is expected to open in July 2023.

The winning bid proposed 12 cities with seven in Australia and five in New Zealand. It includes the main stadium used for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

After a successful World Cup last year, FIFA wants the next women’s tournament to further establish its independence from the men, and show it is commercially attractive.

At least $100 million is expected to be paid by the governing body in 2023 — for prize money, team preparation costs and to clubs releasing players for the tournament — FIFA president Gianni Infantino pledged last year in France.

Colombia’s bid was rated a high-risk commercial option in an evaluation of the candidates published this month. Australia and New Zealand’s bid was rated low-risk and scored 4.1 points out of a maximum 5. Colombia scored 2.8.

A third candidate, Japan, withdrew on Monday. That gave fellow Asian Football Confederation member Australia a clearer run. New Zealand is part of the smaller Oceania continental group.

The 2023 tournament will be the first time a World Cup for men or women will be shared across two continental bodies, and the first co-hosted women’s edition.

Colombia’s bid was supported by most of the nine voters from European soccer body UEFA.

Launched in 1991, the Women’s World Cup has never been hosted in South America.

Both Australia, the No. 7-ranked team in women’s soccer, and No. 23 New Zealand will qualify automatically for the tournament.

Colombia is currently ranked No. 25 and was the only one of the three bidders not to qualify for the 2019 edition.

IndiaToday.in has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from

  • Andriod App
  • IOS App

Source link

Leave a Reply

Most Popular

India’s revised FTP and domestic cricket season to be discussed on Apex Council meet on July 17 | Cricket News

TOI Photo. NEW DELHI: The BCCI will work on finalising India's revised Future Tours Program and the domestic season when it...

Sushmita Sen sends out Guru Purnima wishes with THIS lovely family photo | Hindi Movie News

Sushmita Sen is an avid social media user. The actress is known for her workout posts, motivational messages and cute pictures of her daughter...

BCCI secretary Jay Shah shares photograph of ‘magnificent Motera’ | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah on Sunday tweeted a...

Anand Ahuja adorably crashes Sonam Kapoor’s interview | Hindi Movie News

Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja are one of the most adored couples in Bollywood. Amid lockdown, the actress treated us with their goofy videos...