Sydney, 26 June, 2023 (GNP): On Sunday, thousands of enthusiasts marched over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to celebrate the 25 days before the Women’s World Cup begins in Australia and Newzealand.
— FIFA Women's World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 25, 2023
Moreover, FIFA the football’s governing body estimates that around 4,000 football-loving fans will be participating in the early morning event on Sydney’s famed bridge.
The biggest #UnityBeat yet! 🎶🙌
4,000 football-loving fans combined to perform the Official Chant of #FIFAWWC. We can’t wait to hear this live in stadiums in just 24 days! Will you be there to witness it?
— FIFA Women's World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 26, 2023
Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 32-team tournament on July 20, igniting the excitement with a thrilling clash between the Matildas and Ireland in Sydney, while the Football Ferns take on Norway in Auckland.
According to FIFA, 64 games will be taking place across nine captivating host cities, with a sale of one million tickets until now. However, this figure has surpassed the total sales achieved during the 2019 World Cup in France.
Women’s Football gains Popularity
Rhiannon Martin, the head of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, expressed her confidence that this year’s tournament has the potential to become a milestone for women’s football in Australia.
“We’ve witnessed how women’s football emerged in this country over the past years, and this World Cup promises to be a defining moment for the sport” she added.
Moreover, FIFA has announced that each player participating in the World Cup will earn a minimum of $30,000, with the winners taking home an impressive amount of $270,000 apiece.
Furthermore, Rihanna Martin says that the prize money pot reflects “women’s football is being valued.”
While expressing his views, James Jhonson, the Chief Executive of Football Australia states, “it starts to bridge the gap” for prize money between the men’s and women’s World Cups.
Additionally, “We still have a bit of work to do over the next four years, but being the World Cup where the lift occurred makes us very proud,” he added.