FIFA starts inspection visits to bidding member associations
Zurich: Within the scope of the most competitive bidding process ever in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and following the four bid submissions received in December, FIFA is set to visit the respective Member Associations as follows:
Colombian Football Association (29 January – 1 February)
Brazilian Football Association (3 February – 6 February)
Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football (17 February – 22 February)
Japan Football Association (24 February – 27 February)
FFA and NZF unite ‘As One’ to Bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
Melbourne: Football Federation Australia (FFA) and New Zealand Football (NZF) have joined forces to submit an historic co-confederation Bid to host the first-ever 32-nation FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
FFA’s and NZF’s Bid – which has received the unified support of the Governments of Australia and New Zealand – promises to amplify women’s football in Asia and Oceania like never before as the two culturally and geographically aligned nations work ‘As One’ to deliver a truly inspired celebration of women’s football.
Paris: The Women's World Cup will be expanded from 24 to 32 teams at the 2023 edition in an effort to "foster the growth of women's football", FIFA said on Wednesday.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino had already said that he was determined to push ahead with plans to expand the FIFA Women's World Cup in time for the next tournament after hailing France 2019 as "the best ever".
"The astounding success of this year's World Cup made it very clear that this is the time to keep the momentum going and take concrete steps to foster the growth of women's football," said Infantino, who has succeeded in expanding the men's tournament from 32 teams to 48 in time for the 2026 finals in the USA, Mexico and Canada.
"I am glad to see this proposal - the first of several - becoming a reality."
Hanoi: Huynh Nhu is confident Vietnam can create history by qualifying for Tokyo 2020 ahead of the AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament Third Round next month in Korea Republic.
Vietnam have been in intensive training for the Qualifiers and will head to Jeju Island, Korea Republic for the Qualifiers on February 3-9 as the Southeast Asian nation look to qualify for the Olympics after a stellar 2019 which saw them winning the AFF Women’s Championship and SEA Games.
The Olympic Qualifiers will be a tougher ask but charismatic captain Huynh Nhu believes Vietnam will seal one of the two berths available to Tokyo 2020.
De Vanna left out as Matildas name Tokyo Qualifiers squad
Sydney: Matildas coach Ante Milicic included a wealth of stars, but not Lisa De Vanna, as his 20-player AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers Final Round squad was revealed on Wednesday.
Australia will compete against group hosts China PR, as well as Chinese Taipei and Thailand from February 3 to 9 in Wuhan, with the group’s top two sides to advance to the final qualification play-offs in March.