Australia and New Zealand will jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup Football 2023, while the next tournament is being considered after two years. Australia and New Zealand's joint hosting claim was polled 22 while their only rival Colombia got 13 votes in the FIFA's top council, the world's highest soccer body, on Thursday.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino was among those who voted in favor of Australia and New Zealand. For the first time 32 teams will participate in this Women's World Cup. After this, the previous suggestion of organizing it every two years instead of every four years was also repeated.
“We need to promote women's football,” Infantino told reporters from FIFA headquarters in Zurich. If you wait for four years all the time then it will be a long time. FIFA's decision means that South America will have to wait for the first time to host the Women's World Cup. This tournament has been played since 1991.
The tournament in 2023 in Australia and New Zealand will be the first World Cup to be hosted by two countries and members of two different FIFA confederations. Australia is a member of the Asian Football Federation while New Zealand is a member of the Oceania Football Federation. Australia, ranked seventh in the women's football rankings and hosts New Zealand at number 23, will automatically qualify for the tournament.