This year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup kicked off on 20 July 2023 with co-hosts New Zealand taking on Norway.

H.E. Emma Dunlop-Bennett of New Zealand and H.E Gjermund Saether of Norway welcomed MMC Peggy de Bruin, Members of the diplomatic community , students from TUKS and other guests to join in the excitement of this match.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is set to be the biggest women’s football tournament yet experienced . It is the ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the quadrennial international association football championship which is contested by women’s national teams and arranged by FIFA.

The tournament is being held in the Oceanic regions of Australia and New Zealand, and will run from the 20 July until the 20 August 2023.

It is the first FIFA Women’s World Cup to have more than one host nation, and also the first World Cup to be held across multiple confederations, as Australia is in the Asian confederation, while New Zealand is in the Oceanian confederation. In addition, this tournament is the first to feature the expanded format of 32 teams from the previous 24, replicating the same format used for the men’s World Cup from 1998 to 2022

The match got off to a good start with Norway scoring in the first half. After some nail biting moments and much excitement from the South African TUKS team who were cheering on both sides, the match ended with a score of New Zealand 1-0 Norway.

By Marion Kate