Friday, September 8, 2023

Women’s World Cup 2023: Full schedule, England fixtures, teams, groups and UK kick-off times as Lionesses eye glory at showpiece tournament

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is set to take place in Australia and New Zealand, marking the first time the tournament will be co-hosted. This prestigious event will showcase the world’s best players as they compete for football’s biggest prize. The United States, winners of the 2015 and 2019 editions, are considered the favorites to lift the title once again. However, England, fresh off their success at the Euros last summer, will be determined to secure their first-ever World Cup victory.

The Women’s World Cup 2023 is scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 20 and will run for a month until Sunday, August 20. The tournament will be held across various cities in Australia and New Zealand, with both countries sharing the hosting duties. Due to the significant time difference, all fixtures will take place in the morning or early afternoon for viewers in the UK. Australia is ten hours ahead of the UK, while New Zealand is 12 hours ahead.

The venues for the Women’s World Cup 2023 include Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Auckland, Dunedin, Hamilton, and Wellington. The final match will be held at Sydney’s Stadium Australia, adding to the excitement and grandeur of the tournament.

The teams have been divided into different groups for the group stage. England finds themselves in Group D alongside Haiti, Denmark, and China. The Lionesses are expected to emerge as the group winners. The USA, another strong contender, faces a tough challenge in Group E, where they will compete against the Netherlands and Portugal.

For England fans, talkSPORT will provide live commentary for every England game during the tournament. The team’s fixtures include matches against Haiti, Denmark, and China on July 22, July 28, and August 1, respectively.

In addition to the Women’s World Cup updates, talkSPORT also features trending football news. Some of the most read articles on the platform include news about Mahrez and Henderson’s potential move to Saudi Arabia, Newcastle’s agreement on a deal for Barnes, and Onana’s rumored transfer to Manchester United. Other articles cover Kai Havertz’s goal in an Arsenal match against the MLS All-Stars and Declan Rice’s debut in the same game. Chelsea’s Nkunku scoring on his debut and Pochettino’s impressive start to his Blues career are also highlighted.

The Women’s World Cup 2023 promises to be an exciting and highly anticipated event, showcasing the talent and passion of women’s football on a global stage.

The Women’s World Cup 2023 England squad was announced by coach Wiegman on May 31. Unfortunately, several star players were unable to be selected due to injury. Leah Williamson, Beth Mead, and Fran Kirby, who were key players in the Euro winning team, are all absent. However, Millie Bright and Lucy Bronze overcame their own injury problems and made it to the 23-player list. Jordan Nobbs, despite sustaining an injury in Aston Villa’s penultimate game of the season, was included in the squad. Katie Zelem, who did not make the last squad in April, was also brought back, and Bethany England was recalled.

The England squad for the Women’s World Cup 2023 is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Laura Coombs (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Aston Villa), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Barcelona), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)
Forwards: Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Bethany England (Tottenham Hotspur), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alessia Russo (Manchester United).

Here is the full schedule for the Women’s World Cup 2023:

Group stages:
Thursday, July 20:
– New Zealand vs Norway at 8am
– Australia vs Ireland at 11am

Friday, July 21:
– Nigeria vs Canada at 3.30am
– Philippines vs Switzerland at 6am
– Spain vs Costa Rica at 8:30am

Saturday, July 22:
– USA vs Vietnam at 2am
– Zambia vs Japan at 8am
– England vs Haiti at 10:30am (LIVE on talkSPORT)
– Denmark vs China at 1pm

Sunday, July 23:
– Sweden vs South Africa at 6am
– Netherlands vs Portugal at 8:30am
– France vs Jamaica at 11am

Monday, July 24

Italy v Argentina – 7am

Germany v Morocco – 9:30am

Brazil v Panama – 12pm

Tuesday, July 25

Colombia v Korea Republic – 3am

New Zealand v Philippines – 6:30am

Switzerland v Norway – 9am

Wednesday, July 26 

Japan v Costa Rica – 6am

Spain v Zambia – 8:30am

Canada v Republic of Ireland – 1pm  – LIVE on talkSPORT 2

Thursday, July 27

USA v Netherlands – 2am

Portugal v Vietnam – 8:30am

Australia v Nigeria – 11am

Friday, July 28

Argentina v South Africa – 1am

England v Denmark – 9:30am – LIVE on talkSPORT 2

China PR v Haiti – 12pm

Saturday, July 29

Sweden v Italy – 8:30am

France v Brazil – 11am

Panama v Jamaica – 1:30pm

Sunday, July 30

Korea Republic v Morocco – 5:30am

Norway v Philippines – 8am

Switzerland v New Zealand – 8am

Germany v Colombia – 10:30am

Monday, July 31

Japan v Spain – 8am

Costa Rica v Zambia – 8am

Canada v Australia – 11am

Republic of Ireland v Nigeria – 11am – LIVE on talkSPORT 2

Tuesday, August 1

Portugal v USA – 8am

Vietnam v Netherlands – 8am

Haiti v Denmark – 12pm

China PR v England – 12pm – LIVE on talkSPORT 2

Wednesday, August 2

South Africa v Italy – 8am

Argentina v Sweden – 8am

Panama v France – 11am

Jamaica v Brazil – 11am

Thursday, August 3

Korea Republic v Germany – 11am

Morocco v Colombia – 11am

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Round of 16

Saturday, August 5 

Group A winners v Group C Runners-up – 6am

Group C winners v Group A Runners-up – 9am

Sunday, August 6

Group E winners v 2nd Group G Runners-up – 3am

Group G winners v Group E Runners-up – 10am

Monday, August 7

Group B winners v 2nd Group D Runners-up – 11:30am

Group D winners v Group B Runners-up – 8:30am

Tuesday, August 8

Group F winners v Group H Runners-up – 8:30am

Group H winners v Group F Runners-up – 11:30am


Friday, August 11

Round of 16 one winner vs Round of sixteen three winner – 2am

Round of 16 two winner vs Round of 16 four winner – 8:30am

Saturday, August 12

Round of 16 five winner vs Round of 16 seven – 8am

Round of 16 six winner vs Round of 16 eight winner – 11:30am


Tuesday, August 15 

Winner of Quarter Final 1 vs Winner of Quarter Final 2 (Eden Park) at 9am

Wednesday, August 16

Winner of Quarter Final 3 vs Winner of Quarter Final 4 – 11am

Third place play-off 

Saturday, August 19

Third place play-off – Loser of Semi-final 1 vs Loser of Semi-final 2 – 9am 


Sunday, August 20

Winner of Semi-final 1 vs Winner of Semi-final 2 – 11am – LIVE on talkSPORT

On July 7th 2021, the Women’s World Cup 2023 kicked off with the host nation Australia taking on Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. With qualifiers having taken place across Europe last summer, 26 teams – including England’s Lionesses – will be competing for glory in the showpiece tournament, which runs until August 8th 2025.

The competition will be divided into three stages: group stage, knockout stage, and the final. During the group stage, teams are divided into four groups, with each team playing the other three in a round-robin format. The top two teams from each group will progress to the knockout stage, with the team standing highest after all match-results being awarded three points.

The group stage will play out over a period of four weeks. The knockout stage will then begin on August 28th, and the tournament champion will be decided in the final match on August 8th. England’s Lionesses will face Norway in their opening match of Group D on July 12th at 13:30 BST. They will then face Germany on July 16th and Scotland on July 20th, both of which will be played at the Wembley Stadium in London.

The Lionesses are hoping to replicate their success from the previous World Cup in 2015, where they reached the semi-finals before being defeated by Japan. This time around, they have been placed in a tough group, with 2010 champions Germany, as well as Norway and Scotland, vying for the top spot alongside them.

The Women’s World Cup has become an increasingly popular event since its inception in 1991, and it is expected that the 2023 edition will be one of the most-watched ever. With the qualification process having finished, the stage is now set for an exciting competition, and the Lionesses will be hoping to make it count and bring the trophy back to England.

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