As Auckland’s Eden Park Stadium prepares to host the opening match at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ next week, it has received special recognition from the United Nations.

New Zealand’s National Stadium will see the Football Ferns play Norway on Thursday July 20 marking the kickoff of the women’s football extravaganza in Australia and New Zealand.

The stadium which has had more than NZD $30m spent on it in preparation for the biggest women’s sporting event on the planet, is the latest addition to the United Nation’s Football for the Goals (FFTG) initiative.

In a statement Eden Park says the stadium is extremely proud of its wide range of initiatives, which closely align with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These include a commitment to gender equality, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, and decent work and economic growth.

OFC was accepted as an official member of FFTG in February.

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Eden Park, which will host nine matches at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ including a semi-final, says it’s membership with Football for the Goals will allow greater collaboration with the United Nations as they look to champion sustainable development and human rights, driving positive change with the football community and beyond.