The 2023 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia will be played from July 20 to Aug. 20, FIFA announced on Wednesday.
The opening match ceremony for the first co-hosted women’s tournament will take place at New Zealand’s Eden Park in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau. Stadium Australia in Sydney/Gadigal will host the final a month later on Aug. 20.
The tournament will be played in nine host cities at 10 stadiums across Australia and New Zealand. Group A’s opening match at Eden Park will see New Zealand’s Football Ferns take to the pitch, before Australia’s Matildas enter the tournament in Group B at the Sydney Football Stadium.
The host countries will split the remaining group-stage fixtures, with New Zealand hosting five more matches in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau, seven in Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara, six in Dunedin/Ōtepoti and five in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa.
Australia will host six group-stage fixtures at the Sydney Football Stadium, with Perth/Boorloo and Brisbane/Meaanjin both hosting five and a further four each taking place in Melbourne/Naarm and Adelaide/Tarntanya.
The Round of 16 matches will take place from August 5-8, with Stadium Australia hosting its first match of the tournament. Another five will take place in Australia and the remaining two matches will be played in New Zealand (Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau and Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara).
The quarterfinals will be split between the two hosts, with matches in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau, Brisbane/Meeanjin, Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara and Stadium Australia in Sydney/Gadigal.
Australia and New Zealand will host one semifinal each at Stadium Australia and Eden Park respectively, while the third-place match will take place at Brisbane Stadium, Australia.