Host cities Australia and New Zealand unite to mark one year to go for 2023 Women’s World Cup™

Host cities Australia and New Zealand unite to mark one year to go for 2023 Women’s World Cup™

  • Unity Pitch unveiled in Sydney/Gadigal, representing the dynamic cultures of both host countries
  • Nine cities from two host countries celebrate “One Year to Go” by illuminating iconic landmarks and creating unique cultural events
  • Tickets will go on sale from October 6 – available from just $20 AUD/NZD for adults and $10 AUD/NZD for children.

Celebrations marking ‘One year before the kick off of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 with a dawn cultural illumination ceremony in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, New Zealand, followed by the unveiling of a Unity Pitch in Sydney/Gadigal, Australia and a coordinated evening light show in the tournament’s nine host cities.

A Unity Pitch located on the Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney/Gadigal has been unveiled by FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura to mark the milestone date on the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. Created with livery colored with the tournament in mind, it will be open to public and local football groups until July 24, before visiting each of the tournament’s nine host cities over the following year. A Unity Pitch will be offered to the two host countries, Australia and New Zealand, as part of FIFA’s commitment to leaving a lasting legacy in the region.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Unity Pitch, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said:

“Today is a great day in the build-up to the ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The excitement at the Lighting Ceremony in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa and the excitement around women’s football here in Barangaroo Reserve for the unveiling of the Unity Pitch are wonderful and this support and passion will make the FIFA Women’s World Cup truly unforgettable This competition will provide a platform to inspire and unite through the power of women’s football and FIFA, in collaboration with the host nations, looks forward to welcoming players and fans from all over the world and together going beyond greatness in 2023.”

FIFA also announced today that tickets for the FIFA Women’s World Cup will go on sale online from October 6 with tickets starting at $20 for adults and $10 for children.

FIFA Women’s Football Director Sarai Bareman said:

“Today is a hugely exciting stage and with qualifying taking place around the world for the competition, more community spaces for women and girls to play football and tickets about to be released, FIFA is extremely thrilled to see women’s football soar to greatness in 2023.”

After events in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, New Zealand and Sydney/Gadigal, Australia, iconic locations such as the Harbor Bridge and Sky Tower in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau, and the Parliament Buildings in Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara , as well as venues in Melbourne/Naarm, Brisbane/Meaanjin, Adelaide/Tarntanya, Perth/Boorloo and Dunedin/Ōtepoti were lit up to celebrate ‘One Year Ahead’ until the biggest competition in women’s football takes place in the southern hemisphere.

Later in the evening, the FIFA Secretary General will switch on the lights of Sydney Harbor Bridge. More information and VNR can be found here.

Full box office details and pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. To express your interest, visit

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James C. Tibbs