Kuala Lumpur: It was the FIFA Women’s World Cup that elevated the women’s game to unprecedented heights with incredible drama on the pitch and record numbers of spectators off it as Australia & New Zealand 2023 left a lasting legacy.
For Asia’s six representatives there were unforgettable performances, huge upsets, individual accolades and much more as the continent’s sides were involved in some of the most talked-about matches of the tournament.
The-AFC.com looks back at Asia's best moments from a World Cup that delivered on a spectacular level.
Kuala Lumpur: The curtains came down on the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 on Sunday after the tournament saw a record overall attendance of more than 1.9 million in the stands and Spain crowned the new world champions on the pitch after beating England in the final.
The tournament was also a landmark event for Asian football as co-hosts Australia won hearts as they battled their way into the semi-finals while former world champions Japan inflicted a stunning 4-0 defeat on eventual winners Spain and both the Philippines and Vietnam debuted.
With the dust now settled on the ninth edition of the tournament, the-AFC.com takes a look at the players that stood out from each of the record six nations that represented Asia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
Sydney: The FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 drew to a close on Sunday as Spain were crowned champions following a 1-0 victory over England at Stadium Australia.
A gripping final provided the perfect ending to a World Cup that captured the imagination of the whole of Australia and football fans around the world as the tournament delivered unforgettable matches, individual performances of the highest quality and endless drama.
From full stadiums, to scoring feats and much more, the-AFC.com looks back at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in numbers.
Spain edge England to win title for the first time
Sydney: Spain won the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in their history with skipper Olga Carmona sweeping in the only goal for a deserved 1-0 victory over England in Sunday's final.
In front of a crowd of nearly 76,000 at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Spain were the more accomplished side and had more chances, including missing a second-half penalty.
Spain's triumph is vindication for Jorge Vilda and the Spanish football federation, who stuck with the head coach even after 15 players last year said they no longer wanted to represent their country under him.
England head coach Sarina Wiegman, who has now suffered back-to-back defeats in the final, and her European champions can have few complaints.
Gustavsson: Long term investment needed for Australia to continue thriving
Brisbane: Head coach Tony Gustavsson said there must be long-term investment in Australian women's football, warning they were at a "crossroads moment" following their fourth-placed finish on Saturday at the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
There was to be no consolation prize for the co-hosts in front of nearly 50,000 in Brisbane as they were beaten 2-0 by Sweden in the third-place playoff.
But this was still the Matildas' best World Cup ever and they have captivated the nation and won legions of new fans.
Brisbane: Clinical Sweden repeated their third-placed finish from 2019 after they beat Australia 2-0 at Brisbane Stadium to win the bronze medal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 on Saturday.
While it was a disappointing final outing in the tournament for Australia, it was still a hugely successful campaign for the Matildas, the fourth place still represents their best-ever finish at a FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Sydney: A FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 that has broken records on and off the pitch will reach a suitable climax on Sunday when England or Spain are crowned champions for the first time.
About 75,000 fans will pack Stadium Australia in Sydney for the final of a World Cup that began with 32 teams, compared to 24 four years ago, and saw many of the favourites fall early.
Brisbane: Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson has told his deflated team they have "no time to dwell" on their FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 semi-final loss to England, with a third-placed playoff still to come.
The Matildas slumped 3-1 to a clinical England on Wednesday to shatter not only their dreams of lifting the trophy for the first time, but the hopes of an expectant nation captivated by their exploits.
Despite the gut-wrenching disappointment, they must lift themselves one last time to take bronze against Sweden in Brisbane on Saturday, with a new legion of fans wanting more.