FIFA launched the bidding process for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ in February 2019.
All Member Associations were given until mid-March 2019 to submit their expressions of interest. In April 2019, Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football both formally registered their individual Bids to host the tournament.
Following the success of the 2019 edition of the competition in France, the FIFA Council unanimously agreed to expand the number of teams taking part in the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ from 24 to 32, with the change to take effect for the 2023 tournament.
As a result of this expansion, FIFA updated the bidding process and timeline for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™. Each bidding nation was provided with detailed requirements related to hosting a 32-team competition, as well as time to consider their bidding position under the new framework.
On 13 December 2019, Football Federation Australia Chair Chris Nikou and New Zealand Football President Johanna Wood jointly announced a historic Bid for the Asia-Pacific neighbours to co-host the tournament in 2023.
The decision to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 in Australia and New Zealand, two leading nations in the promotion of women’s football and gender equality, will accelerate the game at both the grassroots and professional levels, lighting a path for future generations of footballers, administrators, and fans in Asia-Pacific.”
Football Federation Australia Chair, Chris Nikou
New Zealand Football and Football Federation Australia are excited to be joining together ‘As One’ to bid for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The opportunity to partner, across not just member association boundaries but also confederation boundaries, represents a new level of cooperation for football."
New Zealand Football President & FIFA Council Member, Johanna Wood