Australia and New Zealand have been confirmed as hosts of the 2023 Women’s World Cup. World soccer ruling body FIFA made the confirmation during the council meeting
The two countries are considered as single/joint bid. Brazil and Japan had earlier withdrawn from hosting the tournament leaving only Colombia and the joint bid from Australia and New Zealand on the table.
In a unanimous decision the council agreed that the joint bid from the two countries be handed the green card.
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.
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).