The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand is the first senior tournament hosted in Oceania. It’s also the first one co-hosted by two countries from different confederations, although this was not always the case. Join us as we take a look at the history of the host’s women’s national teams.
The action of the 2023 tournament has reached the decisive phase. Already, we have seen beautiful goals, heart-breaking upsets and surprising results that have nestled themselves into the newest pages of Women’s World Cup history.
Now with the biggest matches ahead of us, we want to delve into the heritage of our hosts, and the intertwined yet entirely unique upbringings of both the Australia and New Zealand Women’s National Teams.
Like many countries across the world, the effects of the English FA’s 1921 ban on women’s football were keenly felt in Australia – with women being urged to pursue “more appropriate” sports.
While this didn’t stop games from being played, it did impact the support and momentum that these events might previously have attracted, and it wasn’t until the 1970s that there was a significant resurge in establishing the women’s game.