Last Updated on December 30, 2023
The World Cup Gallery at the FIFA Museum in Zurich has debuted an exciting addition showcasing the 2023 Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand. The presentation is a celebration of women’s football offering visitors a glimpse of some of the standout objects collected by the FIFA Museum during the recent tournament.
The FIFA Museum, the home of international football history, heritage, and culture, has acquired nearly 400 objects collected at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Following these acquisitions, the museum now has one of the most significant international collections of women’s football objects in the world.
Some of these new objects were unveiled as part of the newly set up showcase which opened to the public on 12 December 2023.
The FIFA Museum has been actively collecting at the men’s and women’s World Cup tournaments since 2018, capturing football history as it is being made. The museum’s Exhibition and Heritage Team were responsible for bringing together boots, match balls, jerseys, tactical notes, and more from the 2023 Women’s World Cup, identifying significant objects that would tell the story of this landmark tournament to future generations.
The tournament featured historic firsts and new milestones for the women’s game, as well as notable debuts and last matches from beloved teams and legendary players. It was the best attended and most viewed Women’s World Cup in the tournament’s history, with just under 2 million fans attending the 64 games and approximately 2 billion viewers watching from home. During the tournament, the FIFA Museum also presented a special exhibition, “Calling the Shots: Faces of Women’s Football,” at the FIFA Fan Festival in Sydney, shining a light on the players, organisers, grassroots activists, coaches, and more that have made women’s football what it is today.
Objects exhibited in the 2023 Women’s World Cup showcase:
Australia: The cover of the Sydney Morning Herald where the Matildas greet former Australian Olympic sprinter Cathy Freeman. All of Australia was tuned into the Matildas’ epic run to the semi-finals, a cultural phenomenon last seen when Freeman won 400m gold at the 2000 Olympics.
Costa Rica: Gloves worn by Costa Rica’s Gloriana Villalobos against Spain. Temperatures dipped to 10 degrees Celsius at this match at the Wellington Regional Stadium in Aotearoa New Zealand.
England: Shorts worn by England captain Millie Bright who led the Lionesses to the Women’s World Cup final for the first time.
Spain: Champion Jenni Hermoso’s match-issued shirt for the final against England.
New Zealand: A poi (Māori for ball on a string) distributed at stadiums in Aotearoa to honour wāhine (women) and encourage fans to engage with Māori culture. Fans twirled them to support their teams.
Sweden: Penalty shoot-out analysis on goalkeeper Zećira Mušović’s water bottle, showing her plans for each opponent in the penalty shoot-out against the USA.
Zambia: Barbra Banda’s boots, worn as she scored the 1000th goal in the history of the Women’s World Cup, a penalty against Costa Rica.
France: Jersey worn by French Captain Wendie Renard during France-Jamaica match in which Jamaica won their first ever point at a Women’s World Cup.
Germany: Shorts worn by Germany’s Captain, Alexandra Popp, in which she scored two goals against Morocco.
Korea Republic: Boots worn by Casey Phair who celebrated her 16th birthday only 26 days before the start of the Women’s World Cup, making her the youngest player to ever partake in the tournament.
Canada: The all-time leading goal scorer in international football, Christine Sinclair’s, boots from the Canada-Australia match.
Columbia: One of football’s biggest talents, Linda Caicedo’s, home shirt.
United States: Jersey prepared for Megan Rapinoe who has since retired marking this tournament as her final Women’s World Cup.
Referees: Yoshimi Yamashita’s headset, who made history as the first referee to announce a VAR (video assisted replay) decision live in the stadium, in the tournament’s opening match between New Zealand and Norway.
The FIFA Museum has an ongoing commitment to increasing the representation of women’s football within its collection and exhibitions. As part of this process, the museum will be redeveloping the World Cup Gallery in its permanent exhibition early next year.
The World Cup Gallery houses the museum’s World Cup showcases, featuring a highlight selection of objects from each tournament, stretching back all the way to the inaugural men’s tournament in 1930. The redevelopment will expand the space, ensuring that the future Women’s World Cup tournaments will have equal display space to the men’s, as the museum continues its active collecting, aspiring to raise the largest collection of women’s football related objects worldwide.
About the FIFA Museum
The FIFA Museum is a landmark museum in Zurich with one of the most comprehensive collections of objects dedicated to international football. Celebrating the rich heritage of the beautiful game, the FIFA Museum tells the story of how world football’s governing body has developed association football globally and established it as the world’s undisputed number one sport.
The FIFA Museum is committed to sharing the magic of football through a wide range of attractions, audiovisual experiences, and thought-provoking exhibitions.