Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola
FIFA are set to host the first of it kind inaugural edition of the Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 fan festival with a few selected countries set to host the ceremony.
FIFA has yesterday confirmed that all nine Host Cities will have a FIFA fan festival during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 with it being the first time that such initiative will be rolled out at a FIFA Women’s World Cup in keeping with the tournament’s theme of firsts.
All FIFA Fan Festivals will offer free entry to people of all ages, providing a vibrant destination to celebrate the global game and experience the best in football, music, entertainment, local culture, food and games. Fans will be able to watch the tournament drama unfold on big screens at each venue.
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said; “whether you are an avid fan or a football newcomer, the FIFA Fan Festival provides an exciting entertainment space that brings people together beyond football.
“Our mission is to make football truly global, accessible and inclusive, and these exciting events provide an opportunity to experience football in new ways in a fun festival environment.”
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There will be a FIFA Fan Festival in every Host City at various times during the tournament, which will run from 20 July to 20 August 2023. To provide the best possible experience for visitors, the events at each venue will be tailored to the local climate, matchdays and kick-off times.
Former FIFA council member Moya Dodd has slammed FIFA for being ‘tone deaf’ after appointing a supermodel as its inaugural global ambassador of the Women’s World Cup.
Brazilian model Adriana Lima was chosen by FIFA to ‘develop, promote and participate in several global initiatives’ ahead of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
Dodd, the former leader of FIFA’s task force for women’s football, believes the Victoria Secret’s model’s new role is a bad thing for the promotion of the game and has questioned where Lima fits into plans to change the perception of females in sport.
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The Australian venue includes; Adelaide/Tarntanya – Festival Plaza, Brisbane/Meaanjin – South Bank Parklands, Melbourne/Naarm – Federation Square, Perth/Boorloo – Forrest Place, Sydney/Gadigal – Tumbalong Park.
Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau – The Cloud, Hamilton/Kirikiriroa – Claudelands Event Centre, Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara – Shed 6, Dunedin/Ōtepoti – Dunedin Town Hall & Glenroy Auditorium are all listed under the Aotearoa New Zealand venues.
Formerly known as the FIFA Fan Fest, this one-stop destination for fans had previously appeared at four editions of the FIFA World Cup, starting with the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. It debuted in its new form as the FIFA Fan Festival at last year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 as culled from FIFA official website.
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