FIFA and the local organizing committee organized several community events and commemorative moments, not only to celebrate women’s football but also to start the countdown to the biggest women’s sporting event in the world, which will begin in just 12 months.
This FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the first to include 32 teams.
The day began in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, with a sunrise lighting ceremony, leading players, communities, and administrators from football, government, and beyond, to come together for the unveiling of Unity Pitch, a vibrant new pitch that has to provide opportunities for diverse communities to celebrate football and encourage more women and girls to play, taking inspiration from the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
Following the launch, the Unity Pitch will tour the host cities of Australia and New Zealand for the next 12 months, before the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ kicks off next year.
Following the unveiling of the Unity Pitch, the One Year to Go celebrations concluded in style with a spectacular coordinated light show in both host countries, with landmarks and iconic buildings in all nine host cities bathed in the colors of the Tournament, including the Sky Tower in Auckland.