2023 Women’s World Cup: Schedule, groups and where to watch on TV and online

The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup is not far away now, so here is all that you need to know about when the games are, who is playing who, and where you can watch the action.

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The club football in Italy has come to an end but many stars from Serie A Femminile and elsewhere will not be getting too much of a rest during the summer. The attention has swiftly turned to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Italy Women are going to be competing at the tournament and will be hoping for a more successful showing than they mustered at Euro 2022 in England. Getting out of the group has to be what the Azzurre are working towards in this tournament.

There are many players in the senior set-up who have had a superb season in Serie A Femminile and in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, so there could be more confidence among the squad that they can make a splash at the World Cup and catch a few teams by surprise.

Italy Women celebrate a goal. (@AzzurreFIGC)

When is the 2023 Women’s World Cup?

The 2023 Women’s World Cup is scheduled to kick off on July 20, 2023. The opening match is going to be between New Zealand and Norway, with the former being one of the two hosts.

That game takes place in Auckland at Eden Park. Norway are expected to be one of the strongest teams at the tournament so it could be a very tough evening for the hosts.

The group stage comes to a close on August 3, with the Round of 16 matches being played from August 5-8, the quarter-finals from August 11-12, the semi-finals from August 15-16, and then the final one month after it all began, on August 20.

2023 Women’s World Cup groups

There are going to be eight groups of four teams at the 2023 Women’s World Cup, making it the biggest Women’s World Cup ever. That means more eyes and more coverage of the matches in Australia and New Zealand.

Italy have been placed in Group G, meaning they will be one of the last teams to get their campaign underway. Italy’s group contains Sweden, South Africa and Argentina, meaning it would be a great achievement to get out of the group.

The full groups can be found below…

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

Group E: USA, Vietnam, Netherlands, Portugal

Group F: France, Jamaica, Brazil, Panama

Group G: Sweden, South Africa, Italy, Argentina

Group H: Germany, Morocco, Colombia, South Korea

How to watch the 2023 Women’s World Cup

There has been drama around the coverage of the 2023 Women’s World Cup with FIFA president Gianni Infantino threatening a European TV blackout for the tournament in response to the broadcasting offers from the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, and France. He labelled the offers as a “slap in the face” of the players and “all women worldwide”.

According to Infantino, the broadcasters had offered $1m-$10m, which is very low compared to $100m-$200m for the men’s World Cup. The situation has since been resolved with broadcasters, although much closer to the tournament start date than anyone would have liked.

The Azzurre, or Italy’s national women’s team, celebrate a goal. (@AzzurreFIGC)

Where to watch the Women’s World Cup in the United Kingdom and Ireland

For those watching the 2023 Women’s World Cup in the United Kingdom, all 64 of the matches are going to be broadcast on either the BBC or ITV. This only differs for the final, which will be shown on both.

In Ireland, the situation has been sewn up for much longer. Back in October, RTE announced that they will be showing every match of the World Cup.

Where to watch the Women’s World Cup in the United States

In the United States of America, Fox Sports is your destination to watch all 64 games of the World Cup. They will be on television, whilst also being streamed on the Fox Sports App.

29 of the games will be on Fox’s broadcast network, whilst the other 35 will be on FS1. Every game from the quarter-finals onwards will be on the broadcast network.

Where to watch the Women’s World Cup in Italy

Rai has announced that they will be showing exclusive free-to-air coverage of 15 matches at the Women’s World Cup. This includes all of Italy’s matches, as well as the opening match, the two semi-finals and the final.

Where to watch the Women’s World Cup in Canada

In Canada, all of the Women’s World Cup matches are going to be shown on TSN.

Where to watch the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand

For the host nations, Optus Sport is the place to watch the Women’s World Cup in Australia, whilst those in New Zealand can tune in on Sky Sports NZ, Sky Go NZ, Sky Sport Now, with the primary channel differing for some matches.

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