With the news that Australia and New Zealand have been awarded the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, what an exciting and great prospect this is for Sports Tourist’s. So here are 5 reasons why the 2023 Women’s World Cup Down Under will be the best ever:
New Zealand is a beautiful country
New Zealand is a fantastic country to travel with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, all compacted on to two islands which make travelling easy. Natural hot springs, fjords, glaciers, adventure sport, whale watching and beaches are just some of the aspects of New Zealand which make it such a great place to visit.
Australia is Sports mad
If ever there was a country that was obsessed with sport, it is Australia. And while football (soccer) is not as popular as AFL, Cricket or Rugby, it is certainly on the rise and the locals will certainly get behind the event. Add this to the fact that Australia is also a great place to explore – think of Australia and you think of Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef, the Sydney Opera House, Kangaroos, Koalas and beaches.
Both countries know how to host a sports event
Australia and New Zealand between them have hosted some of the world’s biggest sporting events – Australia famously hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and both the 2006 and 2018 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the Gold Coast respectively, as well as the 2003 Rugby World Cup. New Zealand meanwhile has had the 2011 Rugby World Cup and will be staging the 2021 America’s Cup while both countries co-hosted the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
All this experience can only stand the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in good stead.
The matches will be played in some amazing stadiums
Matches are due to take place at some of the best stadiums in the world – some of the proposed venues include Stadium Australia which was the main venue at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and hosted the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final, Brisbane Stadium which hosted the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final and Eden Park in Auckland which hosted the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final.
Women’s football is getting bigger and bigger
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup was the biggest so far, with FIFA estimating that there were over 1 billion viewers for the first time. The last-16 game between France and Brazil had an audience of nearly 59 million, making it the most watched women’s football match of all time.
With the tournament getting bigger and expanding from 24 to 32 teams, there will now be even more matches to watch and enjoy.