Kuala Lumpur: The wait for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 is finally over with the opening game between co-hosts New Zealand and Norway set to kick off in a matter of hours.
Australia will get Asia’s participation underway shortly after when they take on the Republic of Ireland later in the day, before Japan, China PR, Vietnam, the Philippines and Korea Republic open their campaigns in the coming days.
Ahead of the biggest and most hyped FIFA Women’s World Cup yet, the-AFC.com highlights six things to look out for.
Preview - Group B: Australia v Republic of Ireland
Sydney: Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson was giving nothing away ahead of the Matildas’ opening game of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 against Ireland on Thursday as the co-hosts look to make a positive start at a sold-out Stadium Australia.
The majority of the 80,000 crowd will be backing the Australians to kick off their challenge in Group B with a win over Vera Pauw’s side but, while Gustavsson conceded he knows the players he hopes to start and finish the game with, he refused to reveal his intentions.
Iconic trio to oversee FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 opener
Auckland: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s efforts to provide Asian match officials with the best resources to perform on the world’s highest stages marked another milestone when the Japanese trio of Yoshimi Yamashita, Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi were appointed to officiate the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
The Group A match between co-hosts New Zealand and Norway at Auckland’s Eden Park Stadium on Thursday is set to kick off at 7pm local time.
Sydney: With excitement building ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on some of the Asian stars who could emerge as heroes for their countries in the weeks ahead.
A record six nations will represent Asia at the 2023 edition and the hope is that some of the continent’s players will leave their mark on the tournament in the way that others – such as Japan’s Homare Sawa and China PR’S Sun Wen – have done before them.
As the big kick-off draws ever nearer, we’ve picked out six Asian stars who could inspire their national teams at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.