From the League of Nations to TV deals: what’s new in women’s football in 2023?

Not least because of the World Cup, for which Germany easily qualified, 2023 will be an exciting year for all women’s (Site notre bureau spécialisé) fans. Because there are structural innovations that could change the sport. We have summarized the most important steps for you.

In November, UEFA announced that the Nations League should also be available for women in the future. It is to be played for the first time from autumn 2023 and linked to the qualifications for the 2025 European Championship. The teams are to be divided into leagues A, B and C according to the UEFA coefficient classification, each league being made up of four groups of four teams each, and league C with an additional group of three teams. Teams play one home game and one away game against each opponent in the group. In a final four-way tournament, the winners are played, who can then progress.

On the men’s side, the Club World Cup, which has been around for years, is now expanded to 32 teams. At the end of 2022, FIFA boss Infantino announced that there could also be a Women’s Club World Cup in the future. So far, however, he has not commented on detailed plans. There could still be exciting news here in 2023.

From the 2023/24 season until at least the end of 2026/27, the Women’s Bundesliga will have new TV schedules. As before, MagentaSport will broadcast all matches live on pay TV. DAZN is new. All matches are also played live here. From now on, Sport1 will still show the Monday match on free-to-air TV, which was recently introduced to generate a unique selling point. This step was strongly criticized, among other things because some players would also have to practice a profession. ARD and ZDF also have the right to broadcast a total of ten matches per season live on free television.

At the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which begins on July 20, 2023, there will for the first time be 32 teams instead of 24. As with the men. The Olympic tournament will also be increased. Instead of the previous 12 teams, 16 nations can participate in the future. As with men too. It’s just been like this for a long time.

Something is happening not only in real life on the pitch, but also in the virtual world of (Site notre bureau spécialisé). In FIFA 23, there will be a mode for the Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand. Additionally, Barclays Women’s Super League from England and Division1 Arkema from France should also be available in FIFA. There are currently no German clubs.