New Developments in the FIFA Women’s World Cup
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour has recently made its stop in Manila, Philippines, giving the Philippine women’s national football team a chance to see the trophy they will play for in July. The Filipinas will make their debut appearance in the tournament after qualifying through the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in February 2022.
The competition will kick off on July 20 in New Zealand and Australia, with the Filipinas in Group A alongside host nation New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland. Despite facing tall odds, the team believes they can make their country proud and not have their appearance in the tournament be a one-time showing. After the Philippines, the cup will travel to Vietnam and continue its journey around the world.
Let’s see what else is new in the world of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Expansion of FIFA Women’s World Cup
One of the newest developments in the FIFA Women’s World Cup is the expansion of the tournament from 24 to 32 teams. This change will take effect in the next edition of the tournament, which will be held in 2023 in Australia and New Zealand. The expansion will provide more opportunities for women’s football teams from different parts of the world to compete in the tournament.
What the Bookies are Saying
If you’re looking to bet on the outcome of the cup, you should know that the USA and England are tied in the odds. Though betting on matches can indeed be exciting, what some fans love to do in order to get into the mood is to play football-themed games.
For example, while not directly related to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, football-themed slingo games are an exciting way to get yourself into the competitive spirit of football right before the cup. This can offer a fun alternative to the typical video games that we are all familiar with online.
Promoting Women’s Football
Additionally, FIFA has launched a new strategy aimed at promoting women’s football and increasing participation. The process, called FIFA’s Global Women’s Football Strategy, outlines several initiatives, including doubling the number of female players to 60 million by 2026 and increasing the number of female coaches and referees.
A World Cup in Two Countries
Finally, there are some changes in the host selection process. The 2023 edition of the tournament will be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand, the first time two countries will host the tournament. The decision to award the hosting rights to two countries was made to promote gender equality and ensure that the event has a positive impact on both countries.
Though the format of the cup has changed a bit with the groups becoming larger, the FIFA Woman’s World Cup is promising to be one of the most exciting upcoming tournaments. The Filipina team is excited to battle alongside one of the host countries, and as the cup travels the world, the excitement only rises!