Thousands of football fans marched over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sunday to mark 25 days before the FIFA Women’s World Cup starts in Australia and New Zealand.
According to international media reports, artists perform during the event marking the 25-day countdown until the start of the Fifa Women’s World Cup 2023, on the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sunday.
Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand kick off the 32-team tournament on July 20 when the Matildas play Ireland in Sydney and the Football Ferns face Norway in Auckland.
Fifa says more than one million tickets have been sold for the 64 games in nine host cities, surpassing total sales for the 2019 World Cup in France.
Fifa official Rhiannon Martin told reporters, she expected this year’s tournament would be a “milestone” for women’s football in Australia.
“We’ve seen how women’s football has developed here over the last years,” added Martin, who is head of Fifa Women’s World Cup.
Fifa has said each player at the World Cup will earn at least $30,000, with the winners taking home $270,000 apiece.
Martin said the boost to the prize money pot showed that “women’s football is really being valued”.