FIFA said Monday that it will begin virtual workshops for the 12 candidate cities that want to host matches in Australia and New Zealand in the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

The workshops will take place from Oct. 20 to Nov. 4.

The candidates will present an update on their plans, which will be followed by an interactive Q&A session in which operational aspects will be discussed.

The 12 candidate cities:

* Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Launceston, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney

* New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Wellington

Sydney has two stadiums – Stadium Australia and Sydney Football Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the virtual workshops, Colin Smith, FIFA Chief Tournaments & Events Officer, said:

“We look forward to the virtual workshops over the coming weeks as we take our first steps together with Australia and New Zealand towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023,” FIFA chief tournaments and events officer Colin Smith said in a statement. These workshops will provide a useful forum to learn more about the 12 candidate cities, such as their plans for stadia, training sites and other key operational areas.”

After the virtual workshops and in line with FIFA’s policy to follow the recommendations and guidance from health authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic, visits to all candidate cities will be organised when it is safe to do so.

The 2023 Women’s World Cup will be the first World Cup – men’s or women’s – to be co-hosted by two confederations (Australia is in Asia, New Zealand in Oceania) and will be the first WWC to feature 32 teams.

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