Record crowds expected as Women’s World Cup kicks off despite Auckland shooting

Record crowds expected as Women’s World Cup kicks off despite Auckland shooting

Australia and New Zealand will commence the ninth Women’s World Cup on Thursday, despite a shooting incident near the Norwegian team hotel in Auckland. The incident resulted in three deaths and six injuries. However, the shooter was among those killed, and there is no risk to national security, according to New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins. The tournament will proceed as planned, with New Zealand’s Football Ferns playing against Norway at Eden Park. The opening match is expected to attract a record-breaking crowd. FIFA has assured teams in the vicinity of the incident of its support.

The Matildas, Australia’s national team, will begin their campaign against the Republic of Ireland at Stadium Australia in Sydney. The match is set to have a sellout crowd of around 70,000 fans, marking a record attendance for a women’s soccer match in the country. While women’s soccer has made significant progress in recent years, there are still disparities between the conditions for female and male players in many countries. The Matildas released a video criticizing the treatment of women’s soccer, including the use of artificial pitches and the disparity in prize money compared to the men’s World Cup. Several participating nations have also been in disputes with their administrators over working conditions and pay.

The Women’s World Cup has generated significant demand in Australia, with tickets for matches involving the home nation selling out months in advance. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese expressed his support for the team and the opportunity to host the World Cup. In contrast, demand in New Zealand has been lower, with tickets still available for many fixtures. FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura acknowledged that ticket sales in New Zealand have lagged behind Australia but emphasized the importance of not waiting until the last moment to purchase tickets. New Zealand Sports Minister Grant Robertson encouraged Kiwis to seize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a top-tier FIFA World Cup event.

In conclusion, despite the shooting incident, the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will proceed as planned. The tournament holds significance for women’s soccer and has garnered substantial support in Australia. While demand in New Zealand has been lower, there are still opportunities to attend matches. The event is expected to have a transformative effect on women’s sport participation in Australia and highlights the ongoing disparities between men’s and women’s soccer globally.

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