Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the world football governing body has announced.
FIFA made this known in a statement released on their official website on Thursday.
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The decision to award the hosting rights of the next women’s World Cup to both countries, which was announced by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, was agreed following a vote taken by the FIFA Council during its meeting held via videoconference.
The joint bid submitted by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football received 22 of the 35 valid votes cast by the FIFA Council members in the first ballot, with the Colombian Football Association having obtained 13 votes.
Following on from the astounding success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France and the subsequent unanimous decision by the FIFA Council, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be the first edition to feature 32 teams and it will also be the first to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand and across two confederations (AFC and OFC).
This is the first time ever two countries will be coming together to co-host the women’s World Cup since it began in 1991.
The United States women’s team are the most successful side after emerging as champions four times. They are the defending champions.
Other countries who have won the World Cup are Norway (1995), Germany (2003, 2007) and Japan (2011).
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