Football: Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Dunedin named as 2023 Women's World Cup host cities

Auckland, Dunedin, Hamilton and Wellington have been revealed as host cities for the 2023 Women's Football World Cup.

New Zealand will co-host the 2023 edition of the tournament with Australia, with the joint bid last year chosen ahead of Colombia.

But Christchurch has been overlooked, with New Zealand's other major centres instead preferred.

Auckland's Eden Park will host the tournament opener, while Sydney will host the final

Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney have been chosen as Australia's host cities.

"The appointment of the nine host cities represents a major milestone for the next FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, as well as for players and football fans across Australia, New Zealand and around the world," FIFA president Gianna Infantino says.

"Building on the incredible success of France 2019, both on and off the pitch, the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 and nine host cities across Australia and New Zealand will not only showcase the world's very best players, but will also provide a powerful platform to unite and inspire people, transform lives and create a lasting legacy for women's football in Australia and New Zealand and around the world."

Sixty-four matches will be split between the two countries, with the women's tournament expanding to 32 teams for the first time.