Stadium Australia and SFS confirmed to host FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Sydney
Thursday 1 April 2021 3:07pm
The wait is over as FIFA confirms Stadium Australia and the under-construction Sydney Football Stadium will host the Sydney matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 tournament, which Stadium Australia confirmed to host the Final.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Sport Geoff Lee joined Football Australia CEO James Johnson at Stadium Australia today and spoke about the benefits the World Cup would bring to Sydney and Australia, and the legacy the event would deliver for football.
They were joined by Venues NSW CEO Kerrie Mather, Stadium Australia CEO Daryl Kerry, Football NSW Chairman Gilbert Lorquet and Westfield Young Matilda Remy Siemsen.
The NSW Premier said: “I am excited that the FIFA Women’s World Cup is coming to Australia in 2023 and even more so that Sydney will host matches including the Final right here at Stadium Australia in Sydney Olympic Park,” the Premier said.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup is the biggest women’s sporting event in the world . . . well, actually, it’s one of the biggest sporting events in the world full stop.”
With just over two years before the best women’s players in the world take to the fields of Australia and New Zealand, the Host City announcement represents a major milestone for many football fans and players around the world, as well as in the preparations for the event . . . the first-ever co-hosted FIFA Women’s World Cup and the first edition to feature 32 teams.
The Host Cities and stadiums for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 are:
Sydney – Stadium Australia and Sydney Football Stadium
Adelaide – Hindmarsh Stadium
Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau – Eden Park
Brisbane – Brisbane Stadium
Dunedin / Ōtepoti – Dunedin Stadium
Hamilton / Kirikiriroa – Waikato Stadium
Melbourne – Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Perth – Perth Rectangular Stadium
Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-Tara – Wellington Stadium
In addition to revealing the Host Cities and stadiums, FIFA has also confirmed that Eden Park in Auckland will host the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 with Stadium Australia in Sydney selected to host the Final.
Both Australia and New Zealand will also host one semi-final each with the full match schedule for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 to be announced later this year.
Speaking on the selection of the Host Cities for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, said:
“The appointment of the 9 Host Cities represents a major milestone for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, as well as for players and football fans across Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
“Building on the incredible success of France 2019 both on and off the pitch, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and 9 Host Cities across Australia and New Zealand will not only showcase the world’s very best players, but will also provide a powerful platform to unite and inspire people, transform lives and create a lasting legacy for women’s football in Australia and New Zealand and around the world.”