The 9th FIFA Women’s World Cup has begun, featuring 32 teams in 64 matches across Australia and New Zealand.

Opening day saw New Zealand securing a fairytale victory over Norway in front of a record-breaking 42,000 fans, while Australia clinched a tense win against the Republic of Ireland.

Off the pitch, a tragic shooting near the stadium raised concerns, and the tournament highlights the global issue of women’s pay disparities in sports.

This year’s historic event includes 32 competing teams, with eight nations making their World Cup debut.

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