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


May 31, 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 just around the corner with the showpiece tournament being co-hosted for the first time.

Australia and New Zealand will welcome the world’s best players to their shores as they look to lift football’s biggest prize.

USA are the current holders of the Women's World Cup


USA are the current holders of the Women’s World Cup

The United States are the favourites to lift the title again after winning the showpiece competition in 2015 and 2019.

However, England will be aiming to build on their glory at the Euros last summer to win the World Cup for the first time ever. 

Manager Sarina Wiegman, who was beaten in the final four years ago with the Netherlands, will believe that the Lionesses can go all the way in a major tournament for the second time in two years.

Women’s World Cup 2023: When and where is it?

The 2023 Women’s World Cup will begin on Thursday, July 20 and will last for a month until Sunday, August 20.

It will take place in Australia and New Zealand with the neighbouring countries sharing hosting duties.

This means that there will of course be a huge time difference with the UK.

Australia is ten hours ahead of the UK while New Zealand is 12 hours ahead so all fixtures will take place in the morning or early afternoon.

Women’s World Cup 2023: Venues

The host cities and venues include:

  • Adelaide, Australia – Hindmarsh Stadium
  • Brisbane, Australia – Brisbane Stadium
  • Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
  • Perth, Australia – Perth Rectangular Stadium
  • Sydney, Australia – Stadium Australia and Sydney Football Stadium
  • Auckland, New Zealand – Eden Park
  • Dunedin, New Zealand – Dunedin Stadium
  • Hamilton, New Zealand – Waikato Stadium
  • Wellington, New Zealand – Wellington Regional Stadium

The final will be played in Sydney at Stadium Australia.

Stadium Australia will host the Women's World Cup final


Stadium Australia will host the Women’s World Cup final

Women’s World Cup 2023: Groups 

England have been drawn into Group D alongside Haiti, Denmark and China with the Lionesses expected to come out on top. 

Fellow favourites the USA are in a tough group with the Netherlands and Portugal alongside them in Group E. 

  • 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

Women’s World Cup 2023: England fixtures 

Saturday, July 22 – England vs Haiti – 10:30am – LIVE on talkSPORT

Friday, July 18 – England vs Denmark – 9:30am – LIVE on talkSPORT 2

Tuesday, August 1 – China vs England – 12pm  – LIVE on talkSPORT 2

England will look to build on their Euros victory last year


England will look to build on their Euros victory last yearCredit: Getty

Women’s World Cup 2023: England squad 

Wiegman named her England squad for the World Cup on Wednesday, May 31 and has included Bethany England but the injured Beth Mead misses out.

Millie Bright and Lucy Bronze, sidelined of late like Mead, do feature in a 23-player list from which skipper Leah Williamson and Fran Kirby had already been ruled out due to injury.

Jordan Nobbs is included as well, despite sustaining an injury in Aston Villa’s penultimate game of the season, Katie Zelem has been brought back after not making the last squad in April, and there is no recall for Williamson’s predecessor as captain Steph Houghton.

Jess Park, Maya Le Tissier and Emily Ramsey have been named on standby.

  • 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).

Women’s World Cup 2023: Full schedule

Group stages

Thursday, July 20 

  • New Zealand vs Norway – 8am 
  • Australia vs Ireland – 11am

Friday, July 21

  • Nigeria v Canada – 3.30am
  • Philippines v Switzerland – 6am
  • Spain v Costa Rica – 8:30am

Saturday, July 22

  • USA v Vietnam – 2am
  • Zambia v Japan – 8am
  • England v Haiti – 10:30am – LIVE on talkSPORT
  • Denmark v China – 1pm

Sunday, July 23

  • Sweden v South Africa – 6am
  • Netherlands v Portugal – 8:30am
  • France v Jamaica – 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
Who will lift the Women's World Cup this summer?


Who will lift the Women’s World Cup this summer?Credit: GETTY

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


Saturday, 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

Sunday, 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 


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Sunday, August 20

  • Winner of Semi-final 1 vs Winner of Semi-final 2 – 11am

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