02/03/2024

The Matildas will be hoping to lift up the World Cup trophy in front of their home fans. (Photo: Ann Odong/FFA)

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup on the verge of hitting Australian shores for the first time, The Inner Sanctum has you covered.

Where and when is the World Cup?

The FIFA Women’s World Cup will open July 20 and go on for exactly one month ending on August 20. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the tournament, with 32 nations competing to walk away with the World Cup trophy.

Can I still get tickets?

Tickets for games may be hard to come by as they have been selling extremely quickly since they first went on sale in October last year. FIFA President Gianni Infantino revealed in June that over one million tickets had been sold so far across the tournament.

Remaining tickets can only be purchased from FIFA.com/tickets. Once clicked, the website will give three options: for Australian residents, New Zealand residents, and those overseas.

Tickets can be purchased for as little as $15 for adults and $8 for children. However, the best-on-offer tickets are priced at $40 to $120.

The Groups

Group A: New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Switzerland

Group B: Australia, Republic of Ireland, Nigeria, Canada

Group C: Spain, Costa Rica, Zambia, Japan

Group D: England, Haiti, Denmark, China PR

Group E: USA, Vietnam, Netherlands, Portugal

Group F: France, Jamaica, Brazil, Panama

Group G: Sweden, South Africa, Italy, Argentina

Group H: Germany, Morocco, Colombia, Korea Republic

The Inner Sanctum’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Articles

– Kyah Simon ready to complete Matilda’s comeback

– Corntee Vine speaks on being selected into the World Cup squad

– How Alanna Kennedy motivated herself through the tough times

– How future Matildas won’t have to live Catley’s ‘sad’ reality

– Hayley Raso is ready for the World Cup

– Nicola Williams insists Australia ‘have something special ahead of the World Cup

Australia’s Fixtures

Australia has been placed in Group B and will compete against Canada, Nigeria and the Republic of Ireland across two weeks.

Thursday, 20 July- Australia vs Republic of Ireland @ Accor Stadium

Thursday, 27 July- Australia vs Nigeria @ Suncorp Stadium

Sunday, 31 July- Australia vs Canada @ AAMI Park

Australia’s Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Lydia Williams (Brighton & Hove Albion), Tegan Micah (Liverpool), Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham United)

Defenders: Courtney Nevin (Leicester City LFC), Aivi Luik (BK Hacken), Clare Polkinghorne (Vittsjo GIK), Steph Catley (Arsenal WFC), Alanna Kennedy (Manchester City WFC), Clare Hunt (Western Sydney Wanderers FC), Ellie Carpenter (Olympique Lyonnais), Charlotte Grant (Vittsjo GIK)

Midfielders: Clare Wheeler (Everton LFC), Alex Chidiac (Racing Louisville FC), Emily Van Egmond (San Diego Wave FC), Tameka Yallop (SK Brann), Katrina Gorry (Vittsjo GIK), Kyra Cooney-Cross (Hammarby IF)

Forwards: Cortnee Vine (Sydney FC), Caitlin Foord (Arsenal WFC), Mary Fowler (Manchester City WFC), Hayley Raso (Real Madrid), Kyah Simon (unattached), Sam Kerr (Chelsea)

Head Coach: Tony Gustavsson

Coaching Staff: Mel Andreatta (assistant coach), Jens Fjellstrom (assistant coach), Tony Franken (goalkeeping coach)

Predicted XI (4-2-2)

Arnold, Catley, Polkinghorne, Kennedy, Carpenter, Foord, Cooney-Cross, Gorry, Raso, Kerr, Fowler

How can I watch the games?

All matches will be live on Optus Sport and the Seven Network. Australia will also be hosting FIFA Fan Festivals across the country, with one in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The FIFA Fan Festivals are free to enter, with screens, food, drinks, and live entertainment on offer.

Jessica Mauboy, Jack River, Mia Wray, Nina Las Vegas, and Jacotene are just a few of the artists who will be performing throughout the tournament at the FIFA Fan Festival.

FIFA Fan Festival Venues:

Adelaide: Festival Plaza

Brisbane: South Bank Parklands

Melbourne: Federation Square

Perth: Forrest Place

Sydney: Tumbalong Park

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