From the Opening Match at Auckland’s Eden Park, host to many of New Zealand’s great sporting moments, all the way through to the Final at Sydney’s Stadium Australia, site of the 2000 Olympic Games, the venues will offer a broad taste of the best of Down Under.

If the reaction of some of the players and other leading figures is any gauge it is set to be a hugely exciting event.

“As the first co-hosted FIFA Women’s World Cup, the first edition co-hosted between two continents and first to feature 32 teams, I congratulate and welcome the 9 Host Cities. On behalf of FIFA, I look forward to working closely with you and with the whole of Australia and New Zealand,” Gianni Infantino, FIFA President.

“I’ve gone on to play in front of some amazing Aussie crowds and some really cool stadiums in the city (Sydney) and now the rest of the world will get to experience it,” Australia defender Alanna Kennedy.

“To be the nation that welcomes the world to this global event will be very special. As well as showcasing the skills of some of the best players in the world and providing great entertainment, these matches can make a positive and lasting change to the women’s game. This tournament can inspire and encourage more women to get involved as players, coaches, match officials and administrators,” Hon Grant Robertson, New Zealand Sport and Recreation Minister.

Originally published by FIFA.

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