Five of the six confederations used their respective continental championships to decide their representatives at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, while UEFA staged a separate qualifying competition.
The main part of the qualifying competition finished on 11 October 2022 with 29 of the 32 places filled. Five nations – Morocco, the Philippines, the Republic of Ireland, Vietnam and Zambia – all qualified for the first time, as the decision to expand the finals to 32 teams brought immediate benefits by giving more teams a chance to shine on the global stage.
The remaining three places will be filled at the first-ever play-off tournament to be played at two venues – in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau and Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, Aotearoa New Zealand – from 17 to 23 February 2023. This tournament will feature ten teams – Paraguay, Chile, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Haiti, Panama, Cameroon, Switzerland – and will give more teams a chance to play meaningful competitive matches, in line with FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s Vision.