No plans to shift 2023 Women's World Cup

Football Australia dismissed claims that the Women's World Cup it will co-host next year with New Zealand could be shifted to satisfy European broadcasters and ensure better weather conditions.

The scenario was raised by French newspaper L'Equipe on Thursday, which said FIFA had informally approached "several" European federations to discuss the merits of moving the event closer to the southern hemisphere summer.

The 32-team tournament is scheduled to start on July 20 and end Aug. 20.

L'Equipe said lower-than-expected TV rights interest from European broadcasters was a key motivation, given matches would be played early morning for them and August was seen as an unfavorable month with people on vacation.

The report also pointed to extra daylight hours in the Australian summer.

Football Australia said in a brief statement to AFP it was not planning for any change:

"Following recent 'One Year To Go' celebrations across Australia and New Zealand, Football Australia continues to plan towards the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 kicking off in July next year as scheduled."

The Sydney Morning Herald cited a FIFA spokesperson with an almost identical comment, but added: "No changes to the dates of the competition are foreseen."

FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura was recently in Australia (photo) to mark the one-year countdown, saying she was expecting a "truly unforgettable" event and giving no hint of any change of plans.

The month-long tournament will take place in five Australian and four New Zealand cities. The draw is scheduled in Auckland on Oct. 22.

The United States won the 2019 edition in France, where matches broadcast in prime-time drew record audiences for women's soccer across Europe.


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5 comments about "No plans to shift 2023 Women's World Cup".
  1. Wooden Ships, July 29, 2022 at 11:37 a.m.

    Am I missing something, is not the Southern Hemispheres winter not in Jun-Sept.? 

  2. Carey Johnson replied, July 29, 2022 at 12:04 p.m.

    No, it's December-March.

  3. Nick Barbaro replied, July 29, 2022 at 1:26 p.m.

    No, you're correct that it's currently scheduled in their winter; I believe the implication is that they're wanting to shift it to their summer (our winter), though it would be nice if the article were clearer.

  4. Mark Landefeld, July 29, 2022 at 3:38 p.m.

    How the hell does this discussion wait until 12 months in advance of the event? WC and Olympic windows get set 4-6 years ahead of time -- at least on the men's side ;^)

  5. James Geluso replied, July 29, 2022 at 6:23 p.m.

    The only reason cited that's current is "lower-than-expected" broadcast interest (ie money). It makes the world go 'round, but it's a nutso reason to try to reschedule this so late, just as you say. 

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