With demand increasing for tickets to see Australia’s opening game against the Republic of Ireland, FIFA earlier this week announced that the fixture had been relocated to the 83,500-capacity Stadium Australia.
“FIFA’s mission is to organise the biggest and best Women’s World Cup in history this year and fans, those who bring colour, passion and atmosphere to stadiums will be such an integral part of the tournament’s success,” said Fifa’s secretary general, Fatma Samoura.
“With this in mind, we have taken a decision that will enable over 100,000 fans to attend the opening match day”
After their game against the Republic of Ireland on July 20, Australia will take on Nigeria’s Super Falcons in their second Group B fixture, seven days later.
Meanwhile, FIFA’s new “commercial partnership structure” also directs that funds generated from the World Cup through the likes of Visit Saudi will go back into the sport.
The Women’s World Cup hopes to accelerate the growth of the women’s game across the world, with an expanded number of competing nations and a tournament split over two countries for the first time.
With a larger field of participating nations and a competition spread over two nations for the first time, the Women’s World Cup aims to accelerate the development of the women’s game, worldwide.