FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023

New Zealand and Australia are co-hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup from 20 July to 20 August 2023. Find out about our successful bid, which teams have qualified, the match schedule, the Draw and the first ever Play-Off Tournament.

Successful Trans-Tasman bid

In an incredible moment for our country and for women’s sport, on 26 June 2020, FIFA announced that New Zealand and Australia had won a joint bid to co-host the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™ (FIFA WWC 2023™).

Following a successful Trans-Tasman #AsOne bid, New Zealand and Australia won the co-hosting rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™. This presents an incredible opportunity to deliver a tournament that is going through exceptional growth and at a time when there has never been greater focus on women in sport.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ will be one of the most significant events New Zealand has ever hosted. It will also be the largest women’s World Cup ever, involving 32 teams for the first time – meaning it will have the same number of teams as the men’s tournament. These matches will be unlike anything New Zealand has ever been a part of, with the world’s best female footballers showcasing their skills and talent.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ will round off an amazing two years where New Zealand will be at the heart of women’s sport internationally. We are also hosting the Rugby World Cup, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup and the International Working Group World Conference on Women and Sport in 2022. These are all huge milestones in raising the value and visibility of women’s sport, growing female participation, and creating new female sporting heroes and leaders.

The New Zealand Government has set aside up to $25 million to support the co-hosting of the event. This will ensure a seamless, “AsOne” tournament is delivered and help to leverage the event at home – in particular, supporting and growing the involvement of women and girls in all aspects of sport.

Qualified teams

The following teams have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.

Argentina, Australia (host), Brazil, Canada, China PR, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea Republic, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand (host), Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, USA, Vietnam and Zambia.

Match schedule for Aotearoa New Zealand

In December 2021, FIFA announced the match schedule for Australia and New Zealand including that Aotearoa is set to host the opening ceremony for the world’s biggest women’s sporting event, which is a real coup.

Eden Park will be the venue for the opening ceremony and opening game – providing a phenomenal opportunity to showcase Aotearoa New Zealand’s culture to the world.

Aotearoa will host 16 teams, the much-anticipated opening game, two quarter-finals and a semi-final – a total of 24 group matches and five knock-out matches.

One quarter-final will be held in Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara and a quarter-final and a semi-final will be hosted by Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau. 

The Host Cities and stadia for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ in Aotearoa are: 

  • Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau – Eden Park
  • Dunedin / Ōtepoti – Dunedin Stadium 
  • Hamilton / Kirikiriroa – Waikato Stadium
  • Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-Tara – Wellington Stadium 

Hosting this tournament continues our track record of successfully hosting major international sporting events and showcases our commitment to women’s sport. Events like FIFA WWC 2023™ bring wide-ranging benefits including economic impact, international profile, national pride and they bring our communities together. The tournament is expected to attract a huge global broadcast audience, with the 2019 tournament in France reaching 1.12 billion people.

Find out more about the match schedule for the tournament:

Match schedule – FIFA(external link)

The Draw

Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland will host the Draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ at the Aotea Centre on 22 October 2022. New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and FIFA’s Secretary General made the announcement at an event in Auckland in May 2022.

New Zealand to host FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ Draw – MBIE(external link)

The Draw will reveal the match fixtures for the 32 teams competing in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup and which country they will be based in for their group-stage matches. It will also include cultural performances and promote the four Aotearoa New Zealand and five Australian host cities that will welcome teams and fans during the tournament.

The Draw is the main event in the build-up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ and is an internationally significant event. It will be attended by well-known figures in the football world and broadcast to millions across the globe, presenting an exciting opportunity to showcase Aotearoa New Zealand to the world.

Find out more about the Draw:

Draw announcement media release – FIFA(external link) 

Play-Off Tournament

Hamilton's Waikato Stadium and Auckland's North Harbour Stadium will host the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup Play-Off Tournament from 17 to 23 February 2023. The Play-Off Tournament is an exciting new competition introduced by FIFA that will see 10 teams compete for the final three qualifying spots for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.

This new tournament will provide an additional economic boost to Hamilton and Auckland ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™. 

The following teams have qualified for the Play-Off Tournament:

Cameroon, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Haiti, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Senegal, Thailand.

Find out more about the FIFA Women's World Cup Play-Off Tournament(external link)

Further information

Read the June 2020 media release about when New Zealand and Australia won the bid.

Media release – Beehive website(external link)

Check out the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™  “Beyond Greatness” brand launch.

Beyond Greatness – FIFA(external link) 

See the Australia and New Zealand “AsOne” bid book for the event.

AsOne bid book [PDF, 42MB] – FIFA(external link) 

Last updated: 20 May 2022