The highly anticipated FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, is underway. Since its kick-off on July 20, 2023, there have been records smashed, interesting observations made, and fireworks at the pitch.
Women’s football has come a long way, struggling to get the credit the Men’s football has acquired since its inception. Since the Women’s Champions League match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, the Women’s football took a positive and historic turn.
During the quarter-finals clash in 2022, a crowd of 91, 553 attended the match to mark the monumental moment.
Since then, attendance records in Women’s football have continued to be broken with ridiculous numbers.
It was not different during the Opening matches of the FIFA Women’s 2023 World Cup. The co-hosts saw their women’s soccer attendance broken. During New Zeeland’s 1-0 victory against Norway, a record crowd of 42, 137, attended the match.
Similarly, Australia recorded a record crowd of 75, 784 in their opening match against the Republic of Ireland- they won by a goal to nil.
SAM KERR’s INJURY
Australia’s record- goal scorer, Sam Kerr, was injured before the host’s opening match against the Republic of Ireland. Kerr who has 55 goals in her 72 caps was ruled out for her opening two games due to a calf injury. This means she will also miss the clash with Nigeria on July 27, and Australia’s medical staff will assess her to see if she can play against Olympic champions Canada on July 31.
In a post on Instagram, Kerr wrote: “Unfortunately I sustained a calf injury yesterday in training.
“I wanted to share this with everyone so we are not distracted from doing what we came here to achieve.
“Of course, I would have loved to have been out there tonight but I can’t wait to be a part of this amazing journey.” She said on her Instagram account.
NEW ZEELAND’s MAKING HISTORY
New Zeeland registered their first win in World Cup history after thumping Group A favorites Norway 1-0. The co-hosts have participated in five World Cups without a single victory.
The FIFA Women’s 2023 World Cup opening day did not disappoint. Let’s see what the second day brings.