Future bright for women’s football in Asia: Gustavsson
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s efforts towards enhancing women’s football in Asia was further underlined when it conducted the AFC Online Session: Analysis and Discussion of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 on Tuesday to exchange knowledge and analyse the common trends that were noticed at the recently concluded global showpiece.
With the AFC Women’s Champions League set to be launched in the 2024/25 season, the virtual session witnessed 110 participants from 37 AFC Member Associations (MAs), members of the AFC Technical Panel, as well as guests from CONMEBOL and CAF, convene to chart the way forward for the women’s game in Asia.
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.
Grandest-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand lauded by Shaikh Salman
Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has praised Football Australia, New Zealand Football, the Local FIFA Subsidiary and FIFA for staging the best ever FIFA Women’s World Cup edition to date whilst also hailing Asian teams and officials for their admirable displays at the global showpiece.
Australia’s historic fourth-place finish was Asia’s best showing at the FIFA Women’s World Cup since Japan’s runners-up finish in the 2015 edition in Canada, whilst the Nadeshiko also performed commendably before bowing out to Sweden in the Quarter-finals.
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.