Women’s Football World Cup 2023: everything you need to know

Alright, footy lovers, this World Cup is keeping us on our toes with bated breath. Yeah, we see you powering up those extra laptop tabs to check scores on the job. We know because we’re doing it too, obviously – we’re doing whatever we can to catch a glimpse of glory from our superstars, even if it’s at 8am!

With the tournament now in full swing, it’s safe to say this World Cup’s proving to be a belter, with some serious curveballs along the way. Germany, Brazil, and Italy are out, the Nigeria Vs England match was a shocker (shoutout to the Nigerian players, incredible match), and the reigning US champions were knocked out on penalties. All eyes will be on England’s Lionesses following their historic Euro 2022 triumph on home soil last summer.

Now, we have Saturday’s game to look forward to. We’ve got some recs below to help you fill your time during the wait. If you’ve not tuned in yet, here is everything you need to know about this year’s women’s football world cup. Text your mates and clear the calendar (or at least, the mornings?), you might be able to head to a ‘Spoons nice ‘n’ early for a game! 

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When and where is the Women’s Football Worldcup?

This 9th edition of the Women’s World Cup is co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, from July 20 to August 20. With 32 teams from all over the world competing, the group stage ended on August 3rd, and the knockout round of 16 kicked off on August 5th. The grand finale will be at Stadium Australia in Sydney on August 20th.

Who won the Women’s Football Worldcup in 2022? 

The reigning champions are none other than the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT), boasting four titles under their belt. They crushed it in 2015 and 2019, and now they’re back to defend their crown. Whose will it be?

Who made the knockout stage?

The round of 16 is set, with Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Australia, Nigeria, Netherlands, United States, England, Denmark, South Africa, France, Jamaica, Colombia, and Morocco battling it out. 

Farewell to the teams that didn’t make the cut – Costa Rica, Zambia, Republic of Ireland, Vietnam, Panama, New Zealand, Philippines, Canada, Portugal, China, Haiti, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and South Korea.

Where to watch the Women’s Football Worldcup

In the UK, tune in to BBC and ITV, and don’t miss the live streaming on ITVX and iPlayer. Over in the USA, Fox has you covered, and Telemundo’s got Spanish coverage. Aussie fans can catch the action on Seven Network and Optus Sport, while FIFA + platforms offer worldwide streaming (with some territorial restrictions, but hopefully that won’t spoil the fun!). While you’re here, read here about how our mates at Baller FC have found the perfect solution to turn this time zone dilemma into a vortex of football fiestas.

Where can I get updates?

From FIFA to BBC Sport there are all kinds of places to stay up to date with footy notifications. Keep your eyes out too for TikTokkers covering the good stuff to follow and online fan hubs such as Studs, Indivisa, Club71, Art of Football and so many more. Make sure you follow BBC Sport’s Keely Watson on TikTok and subscribe also to BadFootballFan for fabulous newsletter updates filled with even more recs and footy feels. Tell us where you get your football updates in the comments!

This World Cup is not just about football; it’s about empowering women athletes, promoting gender equality, and inspiring future generations. Expect some thrills, fierce rivalries, and unforgettable moments on and off the pitch. Get ready for a game-changer. Grab your shirts, join a team, paint your faces and make some noise. It’s time to make some f*cking history. 

Come on Lionesses!

Team Nonchalant x

ps, have you checked out our article on which football players identify as lesbian and queer?

Lauren Hurrell
Lauren Hurrell

Lauren is a writer and editor based in Peckham, covering all things queer culture, books, travel, arts and lifestyle, fashion and creativity. She is also a features editor at New Statesman Media Group, writing on sustainability, cities and tech. She most recently had a chapter on Reykjavik published in an LGBTQ+ travel book published by Rough Guides.

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