Australia’s group stage opponents will be revealed tomorrow evening when the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ draw is held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.
Presented by Mel McLaughlin and Sky Sport’s Kirstie Stanway, over 800 guests will converge on the Aotea Centre including representatives from the qualified nations, FIFA Legends, super stars of Australian and New Zealand sport and international media.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Secretary General Fatma Samoura, Aotearoa New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Federal Minister for Sport Anika Wells will be in attendance, while Australian football’s delegation will include CommBank Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson, Football Australia’s Chair Chris Nikou, Chief Executive Officer James Johnson, Head of Women’s Football, Women’s World Cup Legacy and Inclusion Sarah Walsh, and former CommBank Matildas captain Julie Dolan.
Commencing at 5.30pm AEDT, the Draw will be broadcast live and free on Optus Sport and FIFA+. 29 nations have qualified for the 32-team tournament with the final three participants to be confirmed following the inaugural play-off tournament in February 2023.
The participating nations have been placed into four pots according to world rankings, with host nations New Zealand and Australia occupying the A1 and B1 positions, respectively. The remaining countries will then be drawn into eight groups of four nations with the full Draw procedure available here.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
|New Zealand (A1)||Netherlands||Switzerland||Philippines|
|United States||Brazil||Rep. of Ireland||South Africa|
Following the conclusion of the Draw, Football Australia will hold a live reaction panel hosted by former CommBank Matildas midfielder Alicia Ferguson with CommBank Matildas Assistant Coach Melissa Andreatta and CommBank Matildas midfielder Tameka Yallop as guests.
The Panel Reaction Show will commence at 7.00pm AEDT with full viewing details available here.
Football Australia’s Media Team will provide a VNR with comments from Tony Gustavsson at 8.00pm AEDT available HERE following the conclusion of the on-site mixed zone.
The CommBank Matildas will commence their FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ campaign on 20 July 2023 at Sydney Football Stadium before completing their group schedule In Brisbane (27 July) and Melbourne (31 July).
Ticket packages for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ are currently on sale, and single match pass tickets will be available from 25 October. The tournament will be affordable for all with family-friendly prices starting at AUD/NZD 20 for adults and AUD/NZD 10 for children.
Follow the CommBank Matildas’ journey to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ at matildas.com.au.