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The 2023 Women’s World Cup will be one of the biggest events of the year and we’ve already fielded plenty of questions about the event. To assist soccer fans with their planning, we’ve put together a list of our most frequently asked questions about the tournament. If you have any other questions about the 2023 Women’s World Cup, our Sports Travel Specialists are available over the phone at 1-800-465-1765 or by email to assist.

Where is the next Women’s World Cup?

The 2023 Women’s World Cup will take place in Australia and New Zealand. The matches will take place in nine scenic cities across the joint host countries:

  • Adelaide, Australia
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Perth, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Wellington, New Zealand

The opening match of the 2023 Women’s World Cup is expected to take place in Auckland, while Sydney has been proposed as host for the 2023 Women’s World Cup Final.

When is the Women’s World Cup?

The next Women’s World Cup will be played between July 20 and August 20, 2023. The tournament takes place every four years, with the following edition scheduled for 2027.

Do I need a visa to travel to Australia?

Currently, anyone traveling to Australia (other than Australia and New Zealand citizens) requires a visa to enter the country. Many visitors are eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa that involves a small service charge and is generally quickly processed. Our personal concierge team will provide all of our guests with assistance on entry requirements.

Do I need a visa to travel to New Zealand?

New Zealand has a long list of visa waiver countries who do not require a visa. However, those visitors must obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before traveling. The NZeTA can be applied for online for a small fee and can take up to 72 hours to process.

Do I need a transit visa to travel through Australia?

If you are a national of an eligible country and meet a list of requirements, you do not require a transit visa to travel through Australia. The list of eligible countries and requirements can be found here.

How are Women’s World Cup Host Countries chosen?

Interested host countries must submit an application (bid) to tournament organizers, detailing why they would be the perfect location and include their plans for stadiums, transport and accommodation for soccer fans among other requirements. After a series of procedures in which more information is provided, possible candidates are then visited and inspected. Following the inspection they are evaluated and given a score, the highest of which is appointed the Women’s World Cup.

When is the Women’s World Cup Final?

The 2023 Women’s World Cup Final is expected to take place on August 20, 2023 at Stadium Australia in Sydney. The details have not yet been finalized.

When does the Women’s World Cup start?

The next edition of the Women’s World Cup is scheduled to start on July 20, 2023.

How often is the Women’s World Cup?

The Women’s World Cup takes place every four years, in the year following the men’s tournament. The next Women’s World Cups will take place in 2023 and 2027.

When was the first Women’s World Cup?

The first Women’s World Cup was in November 1991. China hosted the tournament, with matches taking place in four cities: Guangzhou, Foshan, Jiangmen, and Zhongshan. There were only 12 teams in the inaugural tournament. USA defeated Norway in the final match, with Sweden winning third place.

How long is the Women’s World Cup?

The last Women’s World Cup in 2019 took place over a 31-day period. For the 2023 tournament, dates have not yet been finalized. However, the number of qualifying teams will increase to 32 (from 24 in 2019), possibly increasing the length of the event.

How many matches are played in the Women’s World Cup?

A total of 64 matches will be played in the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The group stage will consist of 48 matches, followed by 16 in the knockout rounds.

How long are Women’s World Cup Games (Matches)?

Women’s World Cup matches consist of two 45-minute halves with a 15-minute half time. Because the clock is running time, the referee may add injury time at the end of the game if there was time lost to injury or other stoppages.

If a match is tied at the end of a knockout stage match, two 15-minute periods of extra time will be played. If the score is still even after that, penalty kicks will be taken to determine the winner.

Can I watch the Women’s World Cup online?

The broadcast schedule for the 2023 Women’s World Cup has not yet been announced. For the 2019 tournament, all 52 matches were televised and available online.

Women’s World Cup Winners

Women’s World Cup Winners List

2019 in France: USA def. Netherlands 2-0

2015 in Canada: USA def. Japan 5-2

2011 in Germany: Japan def. USA 2-2 a.e.t (3-1 penalty shots)

2007 in China: Germany def. Brazil 2-0

2003 in USA: Germany def. Sweden 2-1 a.e.t.

1999 in USA: USA def. China 0-0 a.e.t. (5-4 penalty shots)

1995 in Sweden: Norway def. Germany 2-0

1991 in China: USA def. Norway 2-1

Which country has won the most Women’s World Cups?

The U.S. Women’s National Team’s four World Cup titles makes them the most successful team in Women’s World Cup history. Germany is the only other country who has won multiple championships with two titles.

Who won the last Women’s World Cup?

The 2019 Women’s World Cup Final was won by tournament favorite USA, who defeated the Netherlands to claim the title. The USWNT was also victorious in the previous tournament, defeating Japan 5-2 at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

What is the prize money for the Women’s World Cup?

Though the total prize money has yet to be determined for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, it is expected to be significantly higher than it was in 2019. At the last Women’s World Cup, the total prize money was USD$30 million, which was split between the 24 teams. Team USA, who won the tournament, walked away with $4 million of that. The complete breakdown is as follows:

  • Winner – $4 million
  • Runner-up – $2.6 million
  • Third place – $2 million
  • Fourth place – $1.6 million
  • Quarter-finalists – $1.45 million each
  • Round of 16 – $1 million each
  • Group stage – $750,000 each

For comparison, the total prize money at the men’s 2018 World Cup was a whopping $400 million, with the champions, France, receiving $38 million.

When is the Women’s World Cup Draw?

The 2023 Women’s World Cup draw date has not been scheduled at this point. We anticipate it will be held in late 2022. The draw will determine which group each team will be placed in and subsequently complete the schedule for the tournament.

How do teams qualify for the Women’s World Cup?

There will 32 international teams participating in the 2023 Women’s World Cup. At this point, the only teams that have qualified are Australia and New Zealand, as host countries receive automatic qualification. The remainder of the hopeful teams will play qualifying matches that are anticipated to begin in 2021 and conclude near the end of the following year.

What countries are in the Women’s World Cup?

The countries that will play in the 2023 Women’s World Cup will be determined by a qualifying process that is expected to be completed in late 2022. The only two teams confirmed to play in the 2023 World Cup at this point are Australia and New Zealand.

How many teams are in the Women’s World Cup?

There will be 32 teams in the 2023 Women’s World Cup. This will be the first time the tournament has been played with 32 teams, up from 24 in 2019.

How many Women’s World Cups has Team USA won?

The U.S. Women’s National Team has won the Women’s World Cup four times. They were the winners of the inaugural tournament in 1991 and also hold the most recent title from 2019.

Top Women’s World Cup Highlights

Every edition of the Women’s World Cup is chock full of memorable moments, especially for those who are experiencing the atmosphere live in the host country. There are too many special moments to create a comprehensive list of Women’s World Cup highlights, instead we’ve listed just a few of our favorite moments below.

Brandi Chastain’s Celebration

One of the most memorable moments at the Women’s World Cup happened in 1999. USA was playing in the championship final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. China was their opposition and the two teams were even at two goals a piece after extra time. The match came down to penalty kicks to decide the winner. With the penalty kicks tied at four each, Brandi Chastain scored on USA’s last kick and celebrated by ripping off her jersey and dropping to her knees in her sports bra. The image is so iconic it even made the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Kelly Smith’s Shoe Kiss

In the group stage of the 2007 tournament, England found itself down to Japan 2-0 late in the game. After Kelly Smith miraculously scored goals in the 81st and 83rd minute to tie the match, she took off her shoe and kissed it in a moment of sheer excitement.

The 2003 Women’s World Cup Final

In 2003, the final match saw Sweden face off against Germany, who had defeated host team USA in the semis. The match was tied 1-1 until the 98th minute, when Nia Kunzer scored a goal that Germany will never forget, clinching their first Women’s World Cup Championship.

Megan Rapinoe’s Rise to Fame in 2019

From her stellar play, to her famous post-goal pose after scoring against France, to her role in speaking up for equal pay for women in the sport, Megan Rapinoe became a household name during the summer of 2019. The Team USA athlete also won both the Golden Ball (top player) and the Golden Boot (top goalscorer) at the tournament, as well as the title of “2019 Sportsperson of the Year” by Sports Illustrated. 

For information about our 2023 Women’s World Cup Packages, or to lock up your spot, contact one of our Sports Travel Specialists here or call 1-800-465-1765.

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