Australia and New Zealand selected as hosts of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ will be staged in Australia and New Zealand, following a vote taken by the FIFA Council during its meeting held via videoconference, the result of which was announced by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
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. The full voting results are available below.
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).
Following a detailed assessment of the bid books and visits to the bidding countries, FIFA first confirmed that three bids would be submitted to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ host(s) at its meeting held online on 25 June 2020. The three qualifying bids were:
- The joint submission by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football
- A submission by the Colombian Football Association
- A submission by the Japan Football Association
The Brazilian Football Association informed FIFA on Monday, 8 June, of its decision to withdraw its bid. The evaluation report is now available here.
FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, said prior to the Council’s deciison:
One year after the record-breaking eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the FIFA Council will decide on the host(s) for the ninth edition of the tournament in 2023, which we hope will be even bigger and better. The quality of the bids is testimony to the tremendous momentum women’s football has generated and we are looking forward to building on this to take women’s football to the next level at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
FIFA has developed a robust evaluation model for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 bidding process that comprises the following key components:
- A technical evaluation: an assessment of the main infrastructure and commercial criteria, applying an evaluation system established by FIFA
- A risk assessment: an assessment of the risks associated with certain criteria, including but not limited to human rights and sustainability, applying a specific rating
- A description: a summary of relevant information provided in the bid, such as the hosting vision and strategy, highlighting potential issues (without a technical evaluation or risk assessment)
The methodology and application of the scoring system used for the technical evaluation are specified in the Overview of the scoring system for the technical evaluation of bids.
The most competitive bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ saw the appointment of Australia and New Zealand as the joint hosts for the 2023 showpiece following an open voting procedure by the FIFA Council.
A full overview of the bidding process is available in the Guide to the Bidding Process for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.
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