Australia and New Zealand unite to mark 'One Year To Go' milestone
Sydney: Celebrations marking ‘One Year To Go’ until the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 kicked off with a cultural lighting ceremony at dawn in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, New Zealand, followed by the unveiling of a Unity Pitch in Sydney/Gadigal, Australia and coordinated evening light shows across the tournament’s nine Host Cities on Wednesday.
A Unity Pitch located on Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney/Gadigal, was unveiled by FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura to mark the milestone date on the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
Created with the tournament’s colourful livery in mind, it will be open to the public and local football groups until Sunday, before touring each of the tournament’s nine Host Cities over the next year. A Unity Pitch will be gifted to both Host Countries, Australia and New Zealand, as part of FIFA’s commitment to leave a lasting legacy in the region.
History Makers: China PR at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup
Kuala Lumpur: July 10 marks the 23rd anniversary of China PR’s run to the FIFA Women's World Cup 1999 final in the United States, when they became the first Asian nation to advance to the deciding game at a senior FIFA tournament.
Dominant at the continental level, China PR were more than a match for other 15 teams in the competition as they came within a whisker of lifting the coveted trophy. Join the-AFC.com as we take a look back at that historic achievement.
Destination New Zealand for hopefuls Chinese Taipei, Thailand
Kuala Lumpur: Chinese Taipei and Thailand's bid to qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia/New Zealand 2023 will see them competing in the Playoff Tournament in Hamilton and Auckland.
The two Asian teams will be joined by sides from Africa (two), North and Central America and the Caribbean (two), South America (two), Europe (one) and Oceania (one) with three places in the Finals at stake in the February 17-23 Playoff Tournament.
Auckland to host Australia/New Zealand 2023 Draw in October
Auckland: FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson announced on Friday that Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau will host the Draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ on Saturday, 22 October 2022.
Taking place in Aotea Centre, the Draw will reveal the match fixtures for the 32 teams competing in the ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in just over a year.
The globally televised draw show will include cultural performances and insights into the five Australian and four New Zealand Host Cities that will welcome teams and football fans, as well as many surprises.