Auckland: The 32-team FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off today in New Zealand and Australia. In the opening match, New Zealand and Norway will face each other. The Australia-Ireland teams are constantly conducting multi-tests.
Australia and New Zealand are co-hosting the 9th edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup football series. This football festival starts today (20th) and will continue till 20th August. A total of 32 teams will compete to win the title. These are divided into 8 categories. There are 4 teams in each division.
New Zealand, Norway, Philippines and Switzerland are in the ‘A’ group, Australia, Ireland, Nigeria and Canada are in the ‘B’ group, Spain, Costa Rica, Zambia and Japan are in the ‘C’ group and England, Haiti, Denmark and China are in the ‘D’ group. have received
The defending champions USA, Vietnam, Netherlands and Portugal are in ‘E’ group, France, Jamaica, Brazil and Panama are in ‘F’ group, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy and Argentina are in ‘G’ group, and Germany, Morocco, Colombia, in ‘H’ group. There are also South Korea teams.
In the league round, the team placed in each division will play the other teams in the same division once each. At the end of the league round, the top two teams in each division will advance to the knockout round. The knockout round where 16 teams will compete in this category will be held from 5th to 8th August.
Out of which 8 teams will qualify for the quarter finals. The quarter-finals will be played on August 11 and 12 and the semi-finals on August 15 and 16. Who will win the Champions Trophy? The final will be held on August 20 at the Sydney Olympic Stadium.
All matches of the World Cup football series will be played at 6 stadiums in Australia and 4 stadiums in New Zealand. A total of 64 matches are played. On the opening day of the Women’s Football Festival, the first match between New Zealand and Norway in the ‘A’ division will take place today.
The match will be played at Eden Park in New Zealand at 12.30 PM IST. New Zealand – Norway teams have met 7 times in the international football arena so far. Norway has won it 5 times. A game was drawn. One game was lost. This defeat was achieved in the exhibition competition held last year 2019.
Ada Hegerberg, who became the first player to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or, is the star player of the Norwegian team. He has played 76 matches and scored 43 goals. While playing for Lions at the club level, he has scored 59 goals in the Champions League.
Group ‘B’ teams Australia-Ireland will play a multi-Test match in Sydney at 3.30 pm. Sam Kerr is the star player of the Australian team. Sam Kerr, who has scored 63 international goals, recently helped Chelsea win their fourth successive Super League title at club level. Sam Kerr was also instrumental in the team winning the FA Cup.
The Australian team won the Cup of Nations in February by defeating Jamaica, Spain and the Czech Republic. In the following match against England in April, Australia won 2-0. Prior to this match, England had gone 30 games unbeaten in a row. The Australian team put an end to this record.
Australia’s players may look to continue this success in the World Cup as well. The Irish team, who are playing in the World Cup series for the first time, may face tough challenges. Doordarshan is telecasting all the matches of the World Cup live. Matches can also be found on the Fancode app.