The Women’s World Cup is being hosted by two countries: Australia and New Zealand.The tournament, which kicks off today July 20th 2023, will debut an expanded 32-team format,resulting in a full month of top-flight international football.
Matches will be held at 10 stadiums in nine cities across these two nations and the 32 teams are in 8 groups where four-time winners USA will take on the Netherlands, who are currently ranked ninth in the world in group E .
The first opening match is today at 9:00am between New zealand and Norway both which are drawn in group A while Australia will play against republic of Ireland today at 12:00pm all of which are in group B alongside Nigeria and Canada
Representing Africa is South Africa, Morocco, Zambia, and Nigeria all of which are in different group stages.Zambia will be making a debut with their first match against Japan on 22nd July 2023 at Waikato Stadium exactly at 9:00am.Apart from Japan,Zambia is drawn in group C with Costa Rica and spain
On the other hand Southafrica which is representing Africa for the second time is drawn in group G along with Argentina,Italy and sweden and will be facing Germany on their first match scheduled on 23rd July 2023.
Another highly anticipated match will between France against Brazil, with the former ranked fifth in the World and the latter reigning South American champions all of which are in group F alongside Jamaica and Panama.
After group stages matches the top two teams will progress to the round of 16, with the top team of each group playing a second-placed team of another and the bottom two teams in each group will be eliminated from the tournament.
The USA are by far the most successful team, having won the tournament four times including in 2019.Germany have won it twice, in 2007 and 2011, while Norway and Japan have both won once.
This year’s prize money for the tournament has been raised to $110 million from $30 million in the last world cup.