The FIFA Women’s World Cup is an international competition for senior women’s football, contested by the national teams of the members of the world governing body, FIFA and first held in 1991.
There have been eight FIFA Women’s World Cup’s, won by four different nations teams. The United States are the most successful nations with four titles, followed by Germany with two wins and Japan and Norway, each with one.
The current holders are the United States after defeating the Netherlands 2-0 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France in 2019.
When is the FIFA Women’s World Cup?
The FIFA Women’s World Cup takes place every 4 years, usually played around June and July. The 9th edition scheduled to take place between the FIFA window of Monday 10th July and Sunday 20th August 2023.
Where is the FIFA Women’s World Cup?
The tournament is hosted by a different FIFA nation, with the host nation selected through a bidding process. Six countries have previously hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup including:
- 2019 – France
- 2015 – Canada
- 2011 – Germany
- 2007 – China
- 2003 – United States
- 1999 – United States
- 1995 – Sweden
- 1991 – China
The 2023 FIFA World Cup is to be hosted in Australia and New Zealand, the first time the tournament has been jointly hosted. The following venues have been proposed:
- Adelaide – Hindmarsh Stadium (Capacity – 18,435)
- Brisbane – Brisbane Stadium (Capacity – 52,263)
- Melbourne – Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (Capacity – 30,052)
- Perth – Perth Oval (Capacity – 22,225)
- Sydney – Stadium Australia (Capacity – 70,000) – FINAL
- Sydney – Sydney Football Stadium (Capacity – 42,512)
- Auckland – Eden Park (Capacity – 48,276) – OPENING MATCH
- Dunedin – Dunedin Stadium (Capacity – 28,744)
- Hamilton – Waikato Stadium (Capacity – 25,111)
- Wellington – Wellington Regional Stadium (Capacity – 39,000)
The hosts for the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup have not yet been decided. Early interest in hosting the event has come from Chile, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United States and combined bid from the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).
Who is competing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup?
12 nations competed in the 1991 and 1995 tournament, expanding to 16 teams from 1999 and then 24 from 2015. The 2023 tournament will be the first to feature 32 nations.
The hosts qualify automatically and the other nations competing in qualification competitions among their respective confederations in the years preceding.
How do I get to the FIFA Women’s World Cup?
In Australia, there are major international airports at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Cairns, Canberra, Hobart and Darwin. Between them, they serve the majority of the world’s destinations.
There are six international Airports across New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Queenstown, Rotorua & Wellington), however Auckland and Christchurch are currently the only two that connect directly with countries other than Australia or Fiji. Flying from the UK will have at least one stopover, sometimes two.
How do I get tickets to the FIFA Women’s World Cup?
Tickets for the 2023 Women’s World Cup will be on the official website. Based on the 2019 tournament, it is likely tickets will be on sale approximately 9 months before the tournament in three phases.