New Zealand, Australia to co-host 2023 women World Cup

The Federation of International Football Associations has declared New Zealand and Australia as co-hosts of the 2023 FIFA Women World Cup.

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Belgium, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand are the nine nations that submitted their bids by the deadline.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw favourites Brazil pull out due to budgetary constraints but in the process giving her full backing to Colombia.

On Monday this week, 2011 champions Japan also withdrew from the much-anticipated race deeming it unlikely they could win the race.

A joint bid from New Zealand and Australia had the highest votes, winning the hosting rights to host the tournament with 13 votes, beating Colombia who came second.

Either nation will be hosting the women World Cup for the first time in history when the tournament comes around in 2023.

This will be the first women World Cup tournament to be hosted by multiple countries, and the first of its kind to feature 32 teams, from the 24 teams that played at the 2019 edition held in France.

Defending champions United States of America will be looking forward to winning a record fifth World Cup trophy as well as becoming the first nation to win the tournament on three consecutive occasions.

The first instance of a Women’s World Cup dates back to 1970, with the first international tournament taking place in Italy in July 1970.

This was followed by another unofficial tournament the following year in Mexico, where Denmark won the title after defeating Mexico in the final.

On 30th June 1990, FIFA approved the establishment of an official World Cup with the first tournament held in China.

Twelve teams competed in the first edition, culminating in the United States defeating Norway in the final 2–1, with Michelle Akers scoring two goals.

Below is how the teams voted

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