Revealing The Complete Guide for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: All You Need To Know In One Place

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Embrace the upcoming spectacle of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, where nations unite to witness the brilliance of extraordinary athletes. Below, you will find valuable information about the tournament’s format and schedule. Discover the quartets of teams in the group stage and the exciting venues where the matches will unfold. Gain insights into the favourites for the tournament and the talented players worth watching. Lastly, don’t forget to note down the important match dates and kick-off times to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the action. Prepare to be enthralled as the Women’s World Cup 2023 unfolds its grandeur before our eyes.

The highly anticipated 2023 Women’s World Cup is set to take place in Australia and New Zealand, captivating football fans worldwide from 20th July to 20th August. The prestigious tournament will be held in 10 unique stadiums located in both countries.

The tournament kicks off with an exciting clash between New Zealand and Norway, scheduled to be held at Auckland’s iconic Eden Park at 12:30 pm IST. The fervour continues as the Australian national team takes the field on the same day against Ireland in Sydney (3:30 pm IST), with ticket sales already sold out, ensuring a bustling crowd of around 80,000 passionate spectators.

The group stage, a captivating phase of the tournament, will extend until the 3rd of August, followed by the commencement of the play-off round on the 5th. As the intensity escalates, the grand finale will grace the Sydney Stadium, offering an electric atmosphere for the culmination of this event.

This edition of the Women’s World Cup marks a historic milestone as 32 teams will compete, an expansion that grants numerous countries the opportunity to make their tournament debut. Excitingly, nations such as Ireland, Zambia, Panama, Vietnam, Haiti, Portugal, Morocco, and the Philippines will grace the Women’s World Cup stage for the very first time, showcasing their rising prowess on a global platform.

The battle for the ultimate prize promises to be enthralling, with formidable contenders vying for glory. Among them are the illustrious United States, four-time world champions, Germany, who have secured the title twice before, the distinguished Norway, former champions themselves, and Japan, who have triumphed once in the past. Additionally, present will be England, the reigning European champions, the Brazilian women’s team, who clinched the America’s Cup, South Africa, victors of the Africa Cup, China, conquerors of the Asian Cup, and Morocco, representing the first Arab women’s World Cup team, among other noteworthy competitors.

Now, let us delve into the expiration of the +group stage quartets:

  • Group A: New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Switzerland;
  • Group B: Australia, Ireland, Nigeria, Canada;
  • Group C: Spain, Costa Rica, Zambia, Japan;
  • Group D: England, Denmark, China, Haiti;
  • Group E: USA, Vietnam, Netherlands, Portugal;
  • Group F: France, Jamaica, Brazil, Panama;
  • Group G: Sweden, South Africa, Italy, Argentina;
  • Group H: Germany, Morocco, Colombia, South Korea.

The teams and fans will be travelling across the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. The flight between Sydney and Auckland, 2,156 kilometres apart, will take three hours. 

Here is the list of stadiums:

AustraliaSydneyAustralia Stadium83,500
AustraliaSydneySydney Stadium42,512
AustraliaBrisbaneLang Park52,263
AustraliaMelbourneAAMI Park30,052
AustraliaPerthPerth Arena22,225
AustraliaAdelaideHindmarsh Stadium18,435
New ZealandAucklandEden Park48,276
New ZealandWellingtonSky Stadium39,000
New ZealandDunedinForsyth Barr Stadium28,744
New ZealandHamiltonWaikato Stadium25,111
  • Ticket sales for the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand broke records, with nearly 1.4 million tickets sold on the eve of the tournament.

Australia Stadium, the biggest on the continent

The money aspect:

Budget for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2O23£120.475 million
Prize Money£94.708 million
Allocated for national team preparation£24.149 million
Bonus for reaching the group stage£24,087
Bonus for reaching the play-offs£47,420
Bonus for playing in the final£153,506
Bonus for winning the championship£215,245
Prize Money for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France£23 million
Budget for the Men’s FIFA World Cup  2022 in Qatar£353.588 million

Technological novelties in use:

For the first time in FIFA football tournament history, referees at the 2023 FIFA World Cup will utilize microphones to announce VAR decisions. This groundbreaking innovation aims to provide live information to both stadium spectators and TV viewers regarding significant incidents such as goals, penalties, and red cards. Inspired by American football, this technology has been introduced to enhance the comprehensibility of VAR interventions. 

Pierluigi Collina, the head of the refereeing committee, expresses confidence in the demand for this advancement, highlighting the comfort level demonstrated by referees in other sports utilizing similar systems.

Who are the favourites for the tournament (chances to reach):

TeamWinner of the GroupRound of 16 Quarter-FinalsSemi-FinalsFinalChance of Winning

Note: according to Opta supercomputer 

Profiles of top contenders:

United States:

  • The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) is the two-time reigning world champion, having won the previous two editions of the Women’s World Cup (2015 and 2019).
  • They have an impressive World Cup history, having won the tournament a record four times and never finishing below third place in any edition.
  • Megan Rapinoe, the team’s captain, has been a key contributor and holds the record for being directly involved in the most goals over the last three editions of the World Cup.
  • The USWNT boasts a formidable squad, even though some veteran players, like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, may be participating in their last World Cup.


  • England’s women’s team, known as the Lionesses, clinched victory at the UEFA Women’s Euros in 2022, showcasing their prowess and ability to perform under pressure.
  • They have consistently reached the quarter-finals in the past four World Cups, alongside Germany and the United States, highlighting their consistency at the global stage.
  • England’s Chloe Kelly emerged as a hero in the UEFA Women’s Euros final, indicating the team’s depth of talent and potential match-winners.
  • Lucy Bronze, a star player for England and Barcelona, has proven herself as a reliable defender and creator, making significant contributions in previous World Cups and European competitions.


  • Spain’s women’s team has been steadily improving and is expected to make an impact in the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
  • Alexia Putellas, the Ballon d’Or winner, returns to bolster the Spanish squad and provide leadership in their quest for success.
  • Despite a dispute over working conditions that caused several players to withdraw from selection, Spain remains a strong contender and has a history of performing well in major tournaments.
  • Spain’s recent qualification campaign saw them top their group, winning all their qualifiers, indicating their capabilities and potential for advancement.


  • Germany finished as runners-up in the UEFA Women’s Euros, showcasing their strength and competitiveness in European competitions.
  • The German team has a rich World Cup tradition, having qualified for all nine editions and reaching the final twice, emerging as champions in 2003.
  • Sara Dabritz, a standout midfielder for Germany, has displayed her goal-scoring prowess and ability to perform in high-pressure matches.
  • Germany’s consistency in the group stages, unbeaten in World Cup openers and strong defensive records, position them as a formidable force.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 schedule (Knockout stages):

Round of 16

DateMatchKick-off (GMT)Kick-off (IST)FixtureLocation
August 5Winner A vs Runners-up C05:0010:30 AMRO16 No.1Eden Park, Auckland
August 5Winner C vs Runners-up A08:0001:30 PMRO16 No.2Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
August 6Winner E vs Runners-up G02:0007:30 AMRO16 No.3Sydney Football Stadium
August 6Winner G vs Runners-up E09:0002:30 PMRO16 No. 4Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
August 7Winner D vs Runners-up B07:3001:00 PMRO16 No.6Lang Park, Brisbane
August 7Winner B vs Runners-up D10:3004:00 PMRO16 No.5Stadium Australia, Sydney
August 8Winner H vs Runners-up F08:0001:30 PMRO16 No.8Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
August 8Winner F vs Runners-up H11:0004:30 PMRO16 No.7Hindmarsh Stadium

*Note: Winner A vs Runners-up C means the winner (1st place) of Group A will clash against the 2nd place team from Group C.

Quarter Finals

DateMatchKick-off Time (GMT)Kick-off Time (IST)FixtureLocation
August 11RO16 2 v RO16 401:0006:30 AMQF BWellington Regional Stadium
August 11RO16 1 v RO16 307:3001:00 PMQF AEden Park, Auckland
August 12RO16 5 v RO16 707:0012:30 PMQF CLang Park, Brisbane
August 12RO16 6 v RO16 810:3004:00 PMQF DStadium Australia, Sydney


DateMatchKick-off Time (GMT)Kick-off Time (IST)FixtureLocation
August 15Semifinal 108:0001:30 AMSemifinal 1Eden Park, Auckland
August 16Semifinal 210:0003:30 AMSemifinal 2Stadium Australia, Sydney

Third-place play-off

DateMatchKick-off Time (GMT)Kick-off Time (IST)FixtureLocation
August 19Third-place play-off10:0003:30 AMThird-place play-offLang Park, Brisbane


DateMatchKick-off Time (GMT)Kick-off Time (IST)FixtureLocation
August 20Final10:0003:30 AMFinalStadium Australia, Sydney

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