The list of New Zealand training base camps to be used by teams playing at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup has been revealed.
The New Zealand Football Ferns will be based at Auckland United’s Keith Hay Park headquarters in Mt Roskill.
Other teams to be hosted by Auckland clubs are:
- United States: East Coast Bays’ Bay City Park, Browns Bay.
- Norway: Western Springs’ Seddon Fields, Westmere.
- Philippines: Bay Olympic’s Olympic Park, New Lynn.
- Italy: Birkenhead United’s Shepherds Park, Birkenhead.
- Argentina: Ellerslie’s Michaels Ave Reserve, Ellerslie.
- Vietnam: West Coast Rangers’ Fred Taylor Park, Whenuapai.
Whichever nation wins the intercontinental play-off series in February will be based at either Papakura City’s McLennan Park or Mangere United/Manukau United’s Mangere Centre Park.
In Hamilton, Zambia will be based at Korikori Park, while the Netherlands squad will make Tauranga’s Bay Oval their headquarters.
Palmerston North will host Spain (Massey Sports Institute) while Sweden will use Wellington’s New Zealand Campus of Innovation and Sport, where the Wellington Phoenix are based.
South Africa will be based at Porirua Park.
Christchurch will host Costa Rica (Ngā Puna Wai) and Japan (Orangetheory Stadium), and Switzerland will be based at Dunedin’s Tāhuna Park.
New Zealand will host 29 matches between July 20 and August 15, at venues in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Dunedin.
Northern Region Football CEO Laurie Menzies said:
“This is tremendous news for our clubs, for the experience of having world class teams and management preparing for the tournament at their place, but also for the legacy it will leave.
“We’ve already seen significant investment thanks to Auckland Council and central government towards pitches, lights and clubroom facilities that will have a lasting impact on the young players who’ll be inspired by the tournament.
“This is a massive opportunity for football in our region that will bring people into our game, that will be felt for years to come. I’m excited for our clubs about what’s coming up, and today’s announcement is a big step.”
Main photo: Expect to see more of Tazuni, the football-loving penguin who is the Official Mascot for the tournament.
All the bases covered
Here are all the training bases and hotels announced for New Zealand and Australia:
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Training bases have been allocated after visits by team delegations after the World Cup draw in August, and FIFA says the teams will be based at training sites and accommodation it believes will provide each team with the best training and preparation environment possible.
Several training sites are undergoing improvements and upgrades between now and the start of the tournament in July 2023.