Matilda's player Sam Kerr | Image: Football Australia

A Massive FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Fan Festival is Coming to Sydney

With the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup match in Australia teed up for 20 July, Sydney’s CBD is gearing up to host the unmissable FIFA Fan Festival. Courtesy of FIFA and Destination NSW, football fanatics, family units, and fun-seekers alike are all set to merge in celebration of the world’s game at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour.

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An artist's impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW
An artist’s impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW

Think of it as the ultimate football fan’s dream come to life. You’ll catch every match of the tournament, complemented by a contagious festival vibe. Mix in live performances from local heavyweights like Jack River and Jessica Mauboy, and you have a recipe for an unforgettable time. But that’s just the kick-off.

FIFA Fan Festival boasts Australia’s first-ever FIFA Museum, where you can explore a football playground and shop for official FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 gear. What’s more, Sydney’s foodie scene is on full display with a smorgasbord of street food feasts, including an Aussie barbeque by celebrated Aboriginal chef Sharon Winsor and the not-to-be-missed Sydney Tuna Cheeseburger, brought to you by the culinary virtuoso Josh Niland.

An artist's impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW
An artist’s impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW

Aussie music enthusiasts won’t be left wanting either, as a roster of homegrown talent takes the stage every day of the tournament. Acts like Mia Wray and Jacoténe are bound to keep the tunes flowing and the spirits high.

To further stir the anticipation, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer, Sarai Bareman, remarked that the FIFA Fan Festival will unite fans and football greenhorns to celebrate women’s football in a diverse and welcoming environment at the buzzing Tumbalong Park.

“We invite everyone to come and experience football, music, entertainment, local culture, food, and games in a diverse and welcoming environment at the atmospheric Tumbalong Park.” 

An artist's impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW
An artist’s impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW

NSW Minister for Jobs and Tourism, John Graham, has added to the enthusiasm, expressing his eagerness to share Sydney’s dynamism and hospitality with international football fans and players. “Between Sydney WorldPride 2023 and the record-breaking Vivid Sydney 2023, Sydney has cemented its position as a truly global, inclusive and multicultural city,” he said. 

Not to mention, NSW Minister for Sport, Steve Kamper, notes that this festival signals Sydney’s ambition to become the de facto home of football in Australia. “Sydney is staking its claim as the home of football in Australia, and Sydney’s FIFA Fan Festival will be an incredible spot to support your team or enjoy the atmosphere of the biggest women’s sporting event in the world.” 

An artist's impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW
An artist’s impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW

In its bid to become a globally recognised sporting hub, Sydney will be the backdrop to 11 matches of the tournament, including Australia’s opening match and the highly anticipated final. With the most clubs, the most ardent fans, and the best football venues, Sydney doesn’t just want to be the home of football in Australia – it wants to be THE destination for the football world.

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Between the matches, the FIFA Fan Festival promises a frenzy of football games and drills for kids and adults. Speedometer goals, accuracy tests, football golf, football snooker, and much more will be on offer. And for those who fancy themselves the next Sam Kerr, you can test your mettle on the Pitch – an enclosed football facility ripe for penalty shootouts, freestyle and skill clinics.

An artist's impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW
An artist’s impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW

Plus, before you take your seats to cheer on your team, you can kit up in the festival’s FIFA Store, which will be stocked to the brim with official FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 merchandise representing all participating countries.

Stay in the loop and check out the full schedule at the official Sydney FIFA Fan Festival website. Get ready to unite in football fever as the world’s best female players strive to go ‘Beyond Greatness’ from 20 July to 20 August 2023. It’s sure to be a game-changer for the beautiful game. Kick back, Sydney, this FIFA Women’s World Cup is about to get unforgettable.

An artist's impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW
An artist’s impression of the FIFA Football Fan Festival | Image: Destination NSW

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Elliot Nash is a journalist and content producer from Sydney with over five years’ experience in the digital media space. He holds a Bachelor of Communications (Media Arts & Production) from the University of Technology Sydney and a Diploma of Screen & Media from the Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE. Specialising in pop culture, news & current affairs, photography, audio and hi-fi, Elliot’s work has featured in 9News.com.au, 7NEWS.com.au, Next Luxury, Alive Radio and WhistleOut. He currently works as a Context Executive at Yoghurt Digital.