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

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Australia and New Zealand have officially been confirmed as the hosts of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, beating Colombia which also had an interest in hosting the tournament.

The two countries won by 22 – 13 votes to get the rights to host the tournament that is to be the first Women’s World Cup to feature 32 teams.

According to FIFA, their technical evaluation showed that Australia/New Zealand bid received a 4.1 score out of 5, presenting the most favourable commercial proposition.

Australia/New Zealand’s bid tagged as superior compared to Colombia’s 2.8 scores. FIFA determined that there would be need of “a significant amount of investment and support from both local stakeholders and FIFA”.

Moreover, the Women’s program in Colombia has faced several problems like few camps, inadequate financial support and poor conditions from the federation.

Last year, the Women’s World Cup took place in France with the US women’s national team beating the Netherlands team in the final winning their fourth title in the competition.

New Zealand was among countries like England, South Africa, South Korea and France who showed interest in hosting the last year’s tournament. However, New Zealand pulled out in the bidding process.

The 2023 Women’s World Cup will be held in July and August same year, while the qualifying process will start in 2021 and end in 2022.

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