Ma: Scoring the first Women's World Cup goal was special
Kuala Lumpur: The goal Rose Lavelle scored in a 2-0 victory against Netherlands to conclude the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ Final marked the 917th strike in the global showpiece since the inaugural event in China PR. Among all these goals scored across a total of 284 matches in eight editions, though, one remains unique - the opener notched by former China PR defender Ma Li in the tournament curtain-raiser between the hosts and Norway in the 1991 Women's World Cup.
The date was 16 November 1991 and the Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou was the place. The hosts were pitted against the Norwegians in a historic encounter - the opening game of the first-ever Women's World Cup.
Playing on home soil and spurred on by the home supporters, the Steel Roses proved dominant from the outset. And it took them just 22 minutes to break the deadlock, China PR's Ma Li got herself between a series of defenders to head home the tournament’s first goal. The opener sent the home crowd into raptures and set China PR on the path to a memorable 4-0 victory. Over a quarter of a century has now elapsed, but the memory remains vivid for the goalscorer.
Beyond Greatness™ – game-changing new brand identity revealed for FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™
Zurich: FIFA has revealed an exciting and bold new brand identity for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™, incorporating a vibrant new visual approach that aims to unite and inspire people around the world through the power of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and women’s football.
The brand identity and emblem incorporate the vibrant local landscapes and rich colours of the two hosts, building a palette based on the rainforests, earth, mountains, cities, and water of the two countries. A radial motif featuring 32 colourful squares – celebrating the new expansion to 32 participating nations, and an element commonly seen across the indigenous cultures of Australia and New Zealand – is a prominent part of the design.
The motif symbolises not only the world’s best teams coming together, but also the spirit and values of the two host countries radiating back out into the world, with football at its core.
FIFA announces new CEO of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™
Zurich: FIFA has today announced the appointment of the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ in Australia and New Zealand.
With just over two years to go until the tournament kicks off, Dave Beeche has been appointed as the new CEO of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand from 14 June this year and will lead the overall delivery of the tournament, together with the Chief Operating Officers, Jane Fernandez and Jane Patterson.
Speaking on his appointment, Beeche said: “I am honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to lead the delivery of such a significant tournament, especially at a time when there is so much focus globally on the development of women’s sport and, more broadly, the empowerment of women. I look forward to working with both member associations and the Host Cities to not only deliver an outstanding tournament that showcases the world-class talent in women’s football, but leave a lasting positive legacy for women’s sport.”
Excitement builds following host city and stadium reveal
Zurich: Ten stadiums across nine cities were revealed on Wednesday as Australia and New Zealand prepare to welcome the world for the biggest football tournament ever to be staged in the region.
From the Opening Match at Auckland’s Eden Park, host to many of New Zealand’s great sporting moments, all the way through to the Final at Sydney’s Stadium Australia, site of the 2000 Olympic Games, the venues will offer a broad taste of the best of Down Under.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ Host Cities and Stadiums announced
Zurich: The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ took an important and exciting step on Wednesday with the announcement of the nine Host Cities and 10 stadiums in Australia and New Zealand that will host matches during the tournament.
With just over two years to go until some of the best players in the world take to the field in Australia and New Zealand, the Host City announcement represents a major milestone for many football fans and players around the world, as well as in the preparations for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 – which will be the first-ever co-hosted FIFA Women’s World Cup and the first edition to feature 32 teams.
FIFA to announce Women’s World Cup 2023 host cities
Sydney: FIFA has confirmed that the host cities for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand will be announced on Wednesday.
Following an eight-month review process involving each of the 12 candidate host cities and 13 stadiums, FIFA is set to announce which cities will host matches for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
“The announcement represents a major milestone on the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, which will be the first-ever 32-nation Women’s World Cup," said Football Australia Chief Executive Officer James Johnson.
Football Australia unveils ambitious FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Legacy plan
Canberra: Football Australia’s plan to deliver immediate and long-term community benefits and economic impact from Australia’s co-hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 took a significant step on Tuesday, with the game’s Legacy ‘23 plan presented to Ministers, Senators, and Officials of the Federal Government at Australian Parliament House in Canberra.
Legacy ‘23 is an ambitious plan for Australia to realise enduring and exciting benefits as a result of hosting the biggest sporting event on Australian soil since the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
FIFA appoints Chief Operating Officers for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
Zurich: Following their initial appointment last year to lead the FIFA Women’s World Cup office in their respective host countries, Jane Fernandez has now been named as the COO for Australia, with Jane Patterson being officially appointed as the COO for New Zealand.
Jane Fernandez led Football Australia’s successful joint bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and was subsequently appointed as Head of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Office (Australia). In addition, she was Head of Sport for the Australian Olympic Committee and Tournament Director of the AFC Asian Cup 2015.
Jane Patterson has worked on sports events across Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the UK, including a wide range of world championships in netball, BMX, para-swimming and taekwondo and major events including the Ironman Triathlon and the New Zealand Open golf tournament. She was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2016 in recognition of her achievements in service to sport and worked for New Zealand Football as Project Director for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
Cathy Freeman’s success still resonates with me, says Australia's Kyah Simon
Eindhoven: Twenty years ago last month saw what many claim was the greatest moment in Australian sport. Cathy Freeman united a nation by becoming the first indigenous Australian to claim an individual Olympic gold medal in winning the 400 metres at the Sydney Olympiad.
Not far away in western Sydney, nine-year-old Kyah Simon was watching with uncontainable pride and joy. The inspiration was immeasurable and, more importantly, proved timeless.
Host City Selection Process for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 to begin with virtual workshops
Sydney: A significant milestone on the road to the first-ever 32-nation FIFA Women’s World Cup will be realised on Tuesday when the first virtual workshops with the 12 candidate Host Cities are conducted by FIFA.
From Tuesday through to November 4, FIFA will hold virtual workshops with representatives from candidate Host Cities Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Launceston, Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Wellington.
The virtual workshops will provide a forum for the candidate Host Cities and Stadiums to learn more about the venue selection process from FIFA and the host member associations – Football Federation Australia (FFA) and New Zealand Football (NZF).
Each candidate Host City will also have the opportunity to present an update on their plans, which will be followed by an interactive Q&A session where operational aspects will be discussed.
Nagasato: I can beat male players with quick decision making
Tokyo: Breaking barriers is in Yuki Nagasato's DNA. The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup winner recently signed with men's club side Hayabusa Eleven in Japan and is hoping to see more homegrown make a positive change.
Part of the sensational Japan side that won the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011, Nagasato has been an integral figure in helping the game grow, not only in Japan, but also in Germany, England, USA and Australia, where she's inspired young players to continue to chase their dreams.