BEIJING, July 5 (Xinhua) -- The FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 playoff tournament, the first ever in the competition's history, will be held in New Zealand from February 17 to 23, FIFA announced on Tuesday.
Ten teams will compete for the final three spots at the Women's World Cup. Thailand and Chinese Taipei have already confirmed their entry into the playoff tournament, while the remaining eight teams will qualify through their continental tournaments.
Nine teams, including China, have secured their berths at the 2023 Women's World Cup, joining hosts Australia and New Zealand.
The 2023 tournament will be the first Women's World Cup since FIFA elected to increase the number of participating teams from 24 to 32.
Next year's competition will be the ninth edition of the quadrennial Women's World Cup, which was first held in 1991 in China.