Sydney to host 11 games, Auckland nine at 2023 Women’s World Cup | Football news

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sydney will host 11 games, including the final, and Auckland nine at the 2023 Women’s World Cup, officials said on Thursday, as the number of host cities was reduced.
Australia and New Zealand were selected as co-hosts ahead of Colombia in June last year for what will be the first 32-team women’s tournament.
At the time, organizers were planning matches at 13 venues in 12 cities, but that has been reduced to 10 stadiums (two in Sydney) and nine cities, said FIFA which rules the world in announcing the match schedule.
Sydney had already been named as host of the final on August 20, with Stadium Australia now confirmed as the venue. The World Cup kicks off at Auckland’s Eden Park on July 20.
Australia have hosted 35 of 64 matches with Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide as hosts.
The 29 games in New Zealand will be played in Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington and Hamilton.
The quarter-finals are split between the two countries and the semi-finals at Stadium Australia and Eden Park.
“It is a great privilege for Australia to host 35 matches, including the final – a sporting showcase that will strengthen our growing reputation as host of major events,” said Australian Sports Minister Richard Colbeck .
His New Zealand counterpart Grant Robertson said the country was delighted to have so many matches.
“Winning an equal share of the group stage matches with Australia is really exciting (…) and will allow more of our sport-mad nation to enjoy this unique event in our backyard”, did he declare.

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