— Published 17 May 2022

Auckland gets the draw

Patience. FIFA announced at the end of last week that the draw for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, will take place on 22 October. In keeping with the principle of sharing roles between the two host countries, the ceremony will be held in Auckland. The draw will determine the groups for the preliminary phase of the tournament, the first in history with 32 teams. It will be televised and will give the two Oceanian countries the opportunity to present the host cities of the competition. The Women’s World Cup is scheduled to kick off on 20 July 2023 at Auckland’s Eden Park. The final is scheduled to take place a month later on 20 August in Sydney. At this stage of the qualification process, nine teams have already qualified: China, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark. Australia and New Zealand, the two host countries, are also certain to participate in the 2023 World Cup. The defending champions, the United States, will still have to go through the CONCACAF championship, scheduled for July in Monterrey, Mexico.