FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
- 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ CEO to take office on June 14
- Dave Beeche served as 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup CEO
- “We will need partners to offer a very high level competition and experience”
FIFA announced on Monday, May 31, 2021 that it had chosen Dave Beeche to serve as the CEO of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia / New Zealand ™.
FIFA.com met the lucky winner before taking office to discuss his appointment, his experience at the helm of major events and the prospects for the next Women’s World Cup.
Mr Beeche, you will become the CEO of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia / New Zealand 2023 ™. How do you see this new mission?
I am very honored to have been chosen and look forward to getting to the heart of the matter. I have two daughters who play football. So I was able to see for myself the positive influence that football can have on young people, especially teenage girls. I was also fortunate enough to serve as the CEO of the successful 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup ™ in New Zealand. This competition has left a lasting and very interesting legacy for New Zealand football. Five years later, people still talk about the tournament, they happily remember the final between Serbia and Brazil in Auckland, the noise, the colors and the extraordinary atmosphere which are the hallmarks of top-level international football. Women’s sport is on the rise right now, in Australia and New Zealand, but also in the rest of the world. Now is the perfect time to join the movement. Personally, I am impatient to make my contribution to the development of women’s sport.
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ represents a golden opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for women’s football in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. How do you see this tournament?
Football may not be the number one sport in Australia and New Zealand today, unlike many other countries. In these conditions, the organization of a tournament of this magnitude must be seen as an extraordinary chance to accelerate the growth of the discipline. Both countries show an interesting level of participation in the youth categories, but the 2023 Women’s World Cup must also allow us to initiate profound changes in many other areas, on the pitch, off and on the whole. of the society. The potential is enormous.
The 2023 Women’s World Cup also represents an ideal platform to highlight a new generation of models, as we have seen in France. The Matildas are not lacking in talent and they will certainly be among the contenders for the title. New Zealand will also welcome a new generation of female players in 2023, some of whom have taken third place on the podium at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2018. As the organizer, I am delighted to to work again with FIFA and to help provide the best possible showcase for all these talented footballers. We will do everything to provide fans in Australia, New Zealand and everywhere with an exceptional tournament.
This is not the first time that you have officiated as the CEO of a FIFA tournament. What lessons have you learned from your experience in 2015 and what positions have you held in sport, tourism and the organization of other major events?
For success to happen, you need solid partners. It is therefore necessary to enter into agreements with governments, host cities and member associations. This will be the key to success. Next, we must do what is necessary to provide the best possible experience for the athletes, supporters and everyone who will be attending matches in the stadiums or following the broadcasts. If we are able to achieve this and leave a legacy that will leave a lasting mark on audiences and actors, then we will have fulfilled our mission. Personally, I will draw on my experience as an organizer of the U-20 World Cup, as well as my five years as CEO of Ironman Oceania, a trans-Tasmanian event. This last experience will be particularly useful to me since we will be working with two host countries. We will be able to ensure that we offer both players and fans a consistent product.
This tournament is the first FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ organized jointly by two countries, the first edition with 32 teams, the first tournament organized by two confederations, in nine host cities and ten stadiums in Australia and New Zealand. which is a record. What can we expect from supporters, host cities and host countries?
In both countries, enthusiasm and involvement are already at their peak. Now is the perfect time to host this tournament in Australia and New Zealand. Women’s sport enjoys phenomenal support and momentum in this part of the world. I believe the public is ready to get involved. He has only one desire: to discover and encourage the formidable talents that will occur on his land. Fans can expect to experience fabulous matches, hosted by extraordinary actresses. In the stadiums, the atmosphere will be magical. Teams and players can count on a memorable welcome, thanks to the hospitality and kindness for which Australia and New Zealand are known. At the same time, we promise them a safe competition that is managed with the utmost professionalism.