The ninth edition of the tournament will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand with a record-high 64 matches to be played across 10 different stadiums.
Teams across the globe have begun to book their tickets, with Asia, Europe, and North America all confirming places at next year’s event.The Sporting News brings you the latest information on who has qualified for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, as the United States looks to defend its titles from the last two events. Canada, defending Olympic champions, are also qualified for the tournament.
How many teams are in the Women’s World Cup?
In 2019, FIFA unanimously voted to expand the Women’s World Cup from 24 to 32 teams from the 2023 tournament onwards.This brings it temporarily in line with the men’s version – but that is expanding from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
The 2023 Women’s World Cup will consist of a certain number of sides from each confederation which is as follows:
- Asia (AFC): 5 slots + 1 host slot (Australia)
- Africa (CAF): 4 slots
- North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF): 4 slots
- CONMEBOL (South America): 3 slots
- Oceania (OFC): 0 slots + 1 host slot (New Zealand)
- Europe (UEFA): 11 slots
- Play-off tournament: 3 slots
A play-off tournament consisting of 10 teams will see three nations book their place at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
The tournament will be played in February 2023 and will involve three groups consisting of seeded and unseeded sides with places allocated as follows:
- Asia (AFC): 2 slots
- Africa (CAF): 2 slots
- North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF): 2 slots
- South America (CONMEBOL): 2 slots
- Oceania (OFC): 1 slot
- Europe (UEFA): 1 slot
When does the Women’s World Cup start?
- Opening group stage matches: July 20, 2023
- Final group stage matches: August 3, 2023
- Round of 16: August 5-8, 2023
- Quarterfinals: August 11-12, 2023
- Semifinals: August 15-16, 2023
- Third place match: August 19, 2023
- Women’s World Cup final: August 20, 2023
The 2023 Women’s World Cup will begin on July 20, 2023 (local time) with both Australia and New Zealand to play their first group matches. The host traditionally opens the tournament, and New Zealand has been proactively assigned to Group A, while Australia is slotted into Group B.
Exactly one month later, the 2023 Women’s World Cup final will then be played on August 20, 2023 at Stadium Australia in Sydney.
The draw for the 2023 Women’s World Cup will take place on October 22, 2022 from Auckland, New Zealand. The three intercontinental playoff participants will not have been determined by that time.
Which teams have qualified for the Women’s World Cup?
Despite still being over a year away, 10 teams have already booked their place at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
The full qualification picture won’t be known until February 2023 when the play-off tournament is played but many more sides will qualify in the months prior.
The table below will be updated as nations secure qualification:
|No.||Nation (FIFA Ranking)||Region||Date qualified||How they qualified||World Cup apps||Titles (Last)|
|1||Australia (12)||AFC||Jun. 25, 2020||Co-hosts||8 of 9||—|
|2||New Zealand (22)||OFC||Jun. 25, 2020||Co-hosts||6 of 9||—|
|3||Japan (13)||AFC||Jan. 30, 2022||AFC Asian Cup semi-finalists||9 of 9||1 (2011)|
|4||South Korea (17)||AFC||Jan. 30, 2022||AFC Asian Cup sem-finalists||4 of 9||—|
|5||China (16)||AFC||Jan. 30, 2022||AFC Asian Cup semi-finalists||8 of 9||—|
|6||Philippines (54)||AFC||Jan. 30, 2022||AFC Asian Cup semi-finalists||1 of 9||—|
|7||Vietnam (32)||AFC||Feb. 6, 2022||AFC Asian Cup play-offs||1 of 9||—|
|8||Sweden (2)||UEFA||Apr. 12, 2022||Group winners||9 of 9||—|
|9||Spain (7)||UEFA||Apr. 12, 2022||Group winners||3 of 9||—|
|10||France (3)||UEFA||Apr. 12, 2022||Group winners||5 of 9||—|
|11||Denmark (15)||UEFA||Apr. 12, 2022||Group winners||5 of 9||—|
|12||United States (1)||CONCACAF||Jul. 6, 2022||Group winners||9 of 9||4 (2019)|
|13||Canada (6)||CONCACAF||Jul. 8, 2022||Group winners||8 of 9||—|
|14||Costa Rica (37)||CONCACAF||Jul. 8, 2022||Group runners-up||2 of 9||—|
|15||Jamaica (51)||CONCACAF||Jul. 11, 2022||Group runners-up||2 of 9||—|
|16||Zambia (103)||CAF||Jul. 13, 2022||WAFCON semi-finalists||1 of 9||—|
|17||Morocco (77)||CAF||Jul. 13, 2022||WAFCON semi-finalists||1 of 9||—|
|18||Nigeria (39)||CAF||Jul. 14, 2022||WAFCON semi-finalists||9 of 9||—|
|19||South Africa (58)||CAF||Jul. 14, 2022||WAFCON semi-finalists||2 of 9||—|
|20||Colombia (28)||CONMEBOL||Jul. 26, 2022||Copa America Fem. finalists||3 of 9||—|
|21||Brazil (9)||CONMEBOL||Jul. 26, 2022||Copa America Fem. finalists||9 of 9||—|
|22||Argentina (35)||CONMEBOL||Jul. 29, 2022||Copa America Fem. 3rd place||4 of 9||—|
*Last updated August 8, 2022.