FIFA has announced that the 2023 Women’s World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand.
The joint bid of the two countries against Colombia was accepted. Brazil and Japan had earlier announced earlier this month that they would withdraw from the host race.
For the first time, 32 women’s teams will take part in the 2023 Cup. Currently 24 teams participate.
These competitions will be held from July to August 2023.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: “There was fierce competition in bidding. We are grateful to both successful bidding countries for their extraordinary work. Their preparation was really good.
Australia and New Zealand received 22 votes out of 35 members of the FIFA Council, while Colombia received 13 votes. Greg Clarke, chairman of the Football Association, and eight UEFA members voted for Colombia.
Infantino expressed surprise that Colombia was voted in by UEFA members because of its low score according to a FIFA test. Colombia scored 2.8 points out of 5, while Australia and New Zealand scored 4.1 points.
The UEFA justified its move by saying that hosting Colombia would “create opportunities for the promotion of women’s football in South America.”
Infantino: “We have decided to provide 1 billion for the development of women’s football over the next four years,”
“Our experience at last year’s Women’s World Cup in France was great. It broke all records. It brought women’s football to the real world.
It will be the first World Cup to be hosted by two different confederations (Australia is part of the Asia Confederation and New Zealand is part of Oceania).