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Womens World Cup 2023: Dates, Schedule And Kick-Off Times

The 9th FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2023. This page contains information about the Women’s World Cup 2023, including dates, schedule, times, groups, fixtures, venues, and historical statistics.

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Australia and New Zealand 2023 will be the first FIFA tournament edition shared between the two countries.

Below you will find the key information regarding the women’s football event, including venues, teams, group stage and knock-out match schedule fixtures, and game locations.

The qualification tournament involves 169 women’s soccer teams in total. When they arrive in Australia and New Zealand, only 32 teams will be remaining for the Women’s World Cup 2023.

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2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Logo

Women’s World Cup 2023 Dates

Opening Game: The tournament’s opening match will be played at Eden Park on 20 July 2023, with co-hosts New Zealand as the opponents. The first match in Australia will be played on the same day at Sydney Football Stadium.

Group stage dates: The group stage is played between July 20 to 3rd August.

Knockout phase dates: The knockout phase stage is played between August 5 and 21 for advancing teams.

The Women’s World Cup 2023 Final date: The World Cup final is on 21 August at Stadium Australia. FIFA has yet to announce the kick-off time.

Stadium Australia, Sydney
Stadium Australia, Sydney

Women’s World Cup Stadiums

Six stadiums will be used in Australia, and four stadiums in New Zealand. Eden Park in Auckland will host the opening game, with Stadium Australia in Sydney to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup final match.

Australian Stadiums

  • Stadium Australia (capacity 83,500)
  • Sydney Football Stadium (capacity 45,000)
  • Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (capacity 30,500)
  • Lang Park, Brisbane (capacity 52,500)
  • Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (capacity 22,000)
  • Perth Rectangular Stadium (capacity 22,500)
Eden Park, Auckland
Eden Park, Auckland

New Zealand Stadiums

  • Eden Park, Auckland (capacity 50,000)
  • Wellington Regional Stadium (capacity 34,500)
  • Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin (capacity 30,748)
  • Waikato Stadium, Hamilton (capacity 25,800)

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The average seat capacity is 39,700 seats. Players and officials will need to fly between the host cities for each game. Stadium Australia will only be used in the knockout phase of the tournament. It will host one round of 16 match, one quarter-final, one semi-final, and the World Cup Final.

Eden Park, Auckland will host nine matches. Five group matches, one round of 16 match, one quarter-final, and one semi-final of the Women’s World Cup 2023. Lang Park, Brisbane, and Wellington Regional Stadium will also host nine matches throughout the tournament.

Team Base Camps

During next year’s Women’s Soccer World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, competing countries will use dedicated Team Base Camps for the first time. Team Base Camp options for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 have been shortlisted by FIFA and will be available for selection by participating teams.

56 Team Base Camps have been shortlisted. They are supposed to be a ‘home away from home’ in preparation and during the competition. Each site included soccer fields and accommodation. After each country selects its preferences, FIFA will make a final decision before the end of 2022.

The location of the headquarters for the referees’ training base has also been confirmed as the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre.

When Are The Group Matches Scheduled To Begin

FIFA had yet to announce the starting time of the matches.

Wellington Regional Stadium
Wellington Regional Stadium

2023 World Cup Qualified Teams

27 of the 32 nations participating in the tournament have qualified as of 8th September 2022. Zambia, Morocco, Vietnam, and the Philippines have qualified for their first Women’s World Cup finals. 5 spots remain up for grabs.

The next UEFA qualifying matches will happen between 3rd to 11th October 2022. Cameroon, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Haiti, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Senegal, and Thailand have qualified for the intercontinental play-offs, where three teams will qualify for the 2023 World Cup.

CountryQualified AsCurrent FIFA RankingHow Many Times Qualified For World Cup?
AustraliaHost Nation128
New ZealandHost Nation226
ArgentinaCopa América Femenina third-place313
BrazilCopa América Femenina champions98
CanadaCONCACAF W Championship semi-finalists78
China PRAFC Women's Asian Cup Champions168
ColombiaCopa América Femenina runners-up252
Costa RicaCONCACAF W Championship semi-finalists372
DenmarkUEFA Group E Winners175
EnglandUEFA qualification Group D winners47
FranceUEFA Group I Winners55
GermanyUEFA qualification Group H winners29
ItalyUEFA qualification Group G winners154
JamaicaCONCACAF W Championship semi-finalists422
JapanAFC Women's Asian Cup Semi-Finalists119
MoroccoAfrica Cup of Nations semifinalist761
NetherlandsUEFA qualification Group C winners63
NigeriaAfrica Cup of Nations semifinalist469
NorwayUEFA qualification Group F winners139
PhilippinesAFC Women's Asian Cup Semi-Finalists531
SpainUEFA Group B Winners83
South Africa Africa Cup of Nations semifinalist542
South KoreaAFC Women's Asian Cup Runners-Up184
SwedenUEFA Group A Winners39
VietnamAFC Women's Asian Cup Play-Offs Winners331
United StatesCONCACAF W Championship semi-finalists19
ZambiaAfrica Cup of Nations semifinalist801

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The Group Stage Groups

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament will see the Women’s World Cup expanded from 24 to 32 teams. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout round. After the qualification period has ended on 3 August, we will know what teams will progress.

On 22 October 2022, the final draw will be announced. Thirty-two teams will be divided into eight groups of 4. The host country New Zealand will be in group A and Australia will be in group B. The teams in the Women’s World Cup 2023 will be divided among six continents and will also include the directly qualified host nations:

  • Asian Football Conference (AFC): 6 teams
  • CAF (Africa): 4 teams
  • CONCACAF (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean): 4 teams
  • CONMEBOL (South America): 4 teams
  • OFC (Oceania): 1 team
  • UEFA (Europe): 11 teams
  • Inter-confederation play-off tournament: 3 teams*

As part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 play-offs, the remaining nine UEFA nations have been drawn to determine their route to the finals in Australia and New Zealand next year.

Among the nine European teams remaining, seven are aiming to qualify for their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup – Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, and Wales. There are only spots for two of these countries.

Round 1 (6 October)

  • Austria vs Scotland
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Wales
  • Belgium vs Portugal

Round 2 (11 October)

  • Iceland vs Portugal or Belgium
  • The Republic of Ireland vs Scotland or Austria
  • Wales or Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Switzerland

In addition to the results from the group stages and the second-round play-offs, the two best-ranked teams from these winners advance directly to the World Cup while the third team moves on to the intercontinental qualifying round.

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The Last Three Spots

The final three spots will be determined by a ten-team playoff tournament to be played in New Zealand. The slots are distributed as follows:

  • AFC (Asia): 2 teams – Chinese Taipei and Thailand
  • CAF (Africa): 2 teams – Cameroon and Senegal
  • CONCACAF (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean): 2 teams – Haiti and Panama
  • CONMEBOL (South America): 2 teams – Paraguay and Chile
  • OFC (Oceania): 1 team – Papua New Guinea
  • UEFA (Europe): 1 team –  TBA
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Women’s World Cup 2023 Group Draw

A total of 32 teams will compete in eight groups of four at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup:

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Group B: Australia, <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>

Group C: <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>

Group D: <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>

Group E: <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>

Group F: <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>

Group G: <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>

Group H: <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>, <unknown>

Sydney Football Stadium
Sydney Football Stadium

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Schedule

During the Women’s World Cup 2023 competition, 64 matches are played. Forty-eight women’s World Cup fixtures in 2023 will be played in the group matches.

20 July:

Group A: New Zealand vs A2 (Eden Park, Auckland) – Opening match

Group B: Australia vs B2 (Sydney Football Stadium)

21 July:

Group A: A3 vs A4 (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)

Group B: B3 vs B4 (Melbourne Rectangular Stadium)

Group C: C1 vs C2 (Wellington Regional Stadium)

22 July:

Group C: C3 vs C4 (Waikato Stadium, Hamilton)

Group D: D1 vs D2 (Lang Park, Brisbane)

Group D: D3 vs D4 (Perth Rectangular Stadium)

23 July:

Group E: E1 vs E2 (Eden Park, Auckland)

Group E: E3 vs E4 (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)

Group F: F1 vs F2 (Sydney Football Stadium)

Group G: G1 vs G2 (Wellington Regional Stadium)

Hindmarsh Stadium
Hindmarsh Stadium

24 July:

Group F: F3 vs F4 (Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide)

Group G: G3 vs G4 (Eden Park, Auckland)

Group H: H1 vs H2 (Melbourne Rectangular Stadium)

25 July:

Group A: New Zealand vs A3 (Wellington Regional Stadium)

Group A: A4 vs A3 (Waikato Stadium, Hamilton)

Group H: H3 vs H4 (Sydney Football Stadium)

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26 July:

Group B: B4 vs B2 (Perth Rectangular Stadium)

Group C: C1 vs C3 (Eden Park, Auckland)

Group C: C2 vs C4 (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)

27 July:

Group B: Australia vs B2 (Lang Park, Brisbane)

Group E: E1 vs E3 (Wellington Regional Stadium)

Group E: E2 vs E4 (Waikato Stadium, Hamilton)

28 July:

Group D: D1 vs D3 (Sydney Football Stadium)

Group D: D2 vs D4 (Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide)

Group G: G4 vs G2 (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

29 July:

Group F: F1 vs F3 (Lang Park, Brisbane)

Group F: F4 vs F2 (Perth Rectangular Stadium)

Group G: G1 vs G3 (Wellington Regional Stadium)

30 July:

Group A: New Zealand vs A4 (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)

Group A: A2 vs A3 (Eden Park, Auckland)

Group H: H1 vs H3 (Sydney Football Stadium)

Group H: H4 vs H2 (Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide)

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31 July:

Group B: B4 vs Australia (Melbourne Rectangular Stadium)

Group C: C4 vs C1 (Wellington Regional Stadium)

Group C: C2 vs C3 (Waikato Stadium, Hamilton)

1 August:

Group D: D4 vs D1 (Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide)

Group D: D2 vs D3 (Perth Rectangular Stadium)

Group E: E1 vs E4 (Eden Park, Auckland)

Group E: E2 vs E3 (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)

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2 August:

Group F: F1 vs F4 (Sydney Football Stadium)

Group F: F2 vs F3 (Melbourne Rectangular Stadium)

Group G: G1 vs G4 (Waikato Stadium, Hamilton)

Group G: G2 vs G3 (Wellington Regional Stadium)

3 August:

Group H: H1 vs H4 (Lang Park, Brisbane)

Group H: H2 vs H3 (Perth Rectangular Stadium)

Perth Rectangular Stadium
Perth Rectangular Stadium

Women’s World Cup 2023 Knockout Stage

Round Of 16

5 August:

Game 49: Winners of Group A vs Runners-up of Group C (Eden Park, Auckland)

Game 50: Winners of Group C vs Runners-up of Group A (Wellington Regional Stadium)

6 August:

Game 51: Winners of Group E vs Runners-up of Group G (Stadium Australia)

Game 52: Winners of Group G vs Runners-up of Group E (Melbourne Rectangular Stadium)

7 August:

Game 53: Winners of Group B vs Runners-up of Group D (Stadium Australia)

Game 54: Winners of Group d vs Runners-up of Group B (Lang Park, Brisbane)

8 August:

Game 55: Winners of Group F vs Runners-up of Group H (Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide)

Game 56: Winners of Group H vs Runners-up of Group F (Melbourne Rectangular Stadium)

Lang Park, Brisbane
Lang Park, Brisbane

Quarter-Finals

11 August:

Game 57: Winner Of Game 49 vs Winner of Game 51 (Wellington Regional Stadium)

Game 58: Winner Of Game 50 vs Winner of Game 52 (Eden Park, Auckland)

12 August:

Game 59: Winner Of Game 53 vs Winner of Game 55 (Lang Park, Brisbane)

Game 60: Winner Of Game 54 vs Winner of Game 56 (Stadium Australia)

Semi-Finals

15 August:

Game 61: Winner Quarter Final – Game 57 vs Winner Quarter Final – Game 58 (Eden Park, Auckland)

16 August:

Game 62: Winner Quarter Final – Game 59 vs Winner Quarter Final – Game 60 (Stadium Australia)

Third Place Match

19 August:

Game 63: Loser Of Game 61 vs Loser Of Game 62 (Lang Park, Brisbane)

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

World Cup Final 2023

20 August:

Game 64: Winner Of Game 61 vs Winner Of Game 62 (Stadium Australia)

Previous World Cup Hosts

The FIFA Women’s World Cup has been hosted by six countries. Canada, France, Germany, and Sweden have all hosted the tournament once each, while China and the United States have each hosted it twice.

  • 1991: China
  • 1995: Sweden
  • 1999: United States
  • 2003: United States
  • 2007: China
  • 2011: Germany
  • 2015: Canada
  • 20119: France
Women's soccer world cup being held in australia and new zealand in 2023
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Who Will Be The Stars Of Women’s World Cup 2023?

As Spain has qualified, we can expect to see Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso creating many chances for their attacking roles. Sweden’s glamour girl is Sofia Jakobsson is currently playing in the US women’s competition.

For Australia to advance to the tournament’s final stages, they will be hoping that Sam Kerr is firing. Sam has been the leading scorer in England Women’s Premier League for the past two seasons.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 FAQs

Which Nations Have Qualified For The 2023 Women’s World Cup?

Nineteen nations have now qualified as of July 2022.  If you scroll up the article, you will see a table with all the nations playing in next year’s Women’s World Cup.

Which Country will host the 2023 Women’s World Cup?

The 2023 Women’s World Cup will be played in ten host stadiums in nine Australian and New Zealand cities.

Where will the 2023 Women’s World Cup be held?

Next year’s Women’s World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand. A women’s major tournament has never been co-hosted before.

When is the Women’s World Cup 2023?

In 2023, FIFA will host the ninth Women’s World Cup from July 20 to August 20.

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When is the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 draw date?

The Women’s World Cup draw will occur in Auckland on Saturday, 22 October 2022. It will be held at the Aotea Centre.

How do I apply for 2023 FIFA World Cup tickets?

Prior to the Draw, there will only be ticket-package options – two stadium-specific passes and a home team pass.

For adults, tickets start at AUD/NZD40 and for children, they start at AUD/NZD$20. All ticket packages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visa cardholders can purchase ticket packages started on October 6, 2022, and running through October 12, 2022, while alternative payment methods can purchase them from October 13-21.

Single match tickets for next summer’s tournament will go on sale on November 1, 2022.

For how long will the Women’s World Cup last?

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place over 32 days from July 20th to August 21st.

What is the number of matches played in the Women’s World Cup?

There will be 64 matches in the Women’s World Cup 2023. There will be 48 matches in the group stage, followed by 16 in the knockout stages (Round of 16, quarter final, semi final, Third place game, and World Cup Final)

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Winners
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Winners – United States

What is the Womens World Cup Final Time?

The 2023 World Cup final will be kick off at 7 pm local time (Sydney time).

Where can I watch all the World Cup games?

Living in Australia, you can watch all 64 games on SBS or Optus Sports. In New Zealand, it’s TVNZ or Sky Sports.

If you are based in the USA, FOX will broadcast the English-language broadcasts from the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 while Telemundo Deportes will broadcast the Spanish-language broadcasts.

In the UK, BBC and ITV will share the coverage once again.

If you are based elsewhere or want a cheaper alternative, read our How To Watch World Cup Soccer Games article, which details where to watch matches from around the world on TV or streaming.

How much money will be awarded to the winners of the Women’s World Cup?

The prize money for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup has yet to be determined, but it will be significantly more than it was in 2019. Total prize money of USD$30 million was awarded to 24 teams at the last Women’s World Cup.

A total of $4 million was taken home by Team USA, which won the tournament. Here is the breakdown:

Winner: $4 million
Runners-up: $2.6 million
Third place: $2 million
Fourth place: $1.6 million
Quarter-finalists: $1.45 million each
Round of 16: $1 million each
Group stage: $750,000 each

Who chooses the Women’s World Cup host countries?

Host countries must submit a bid (application) to tournament organizers detailing why they would be the perfect location along with their plans for host cities, stadiums, transportation, and accommodations for soccer women’s World Cup 2023 dates fans. Potential candidates are then visited and inspected after a series of procedures in which more information is provided.

As a result of the inspection, they are evaluated and rated, with the highest score being named the hosts of the upcoming Women’s World Cup.

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2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Winners – Germany

Is a visa required to enter New Zealand?

Visa-exempt countries need not apply for a visa in New Zealand. Visitors must obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before traveling. NZeTA applications can be submitted online for a small fee and can take up to 72 hours to process.

Can I travel to Australia without a visa?

A visa is required for anyone traveling to Australia (except Australians and New Zealanders). Visas are available for many visitors for a small service fee and are generally processed quickly.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Volunteers Needed

A total of 5000 volunteers from both countries will be involved in FIFA’s activities. They are looking forward to welcoming the world in 2023 with the help of these volunteers. It is FIFA’s desire to help create football history and radically change the dial regarding gender equality in football.

They require volunteers in the following cities.

  • Adelaide / Tarntanya (AUS)
  • Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau (NZ)
  • Brisbane / Meaanjin (AUS)
  • Dunedin / Ōtepoti (NZ)
  • Hamilton / Kirikiriroa (NZ)
  • Melbourne / Naarm (AUS)
  • Perth / Boorloo (AUS)
  • Sydney / Gadigal (AUS)
  • Wellington / Te Whanganui-A-Tara (NZ)

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 volunteer application is now open.

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