Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand kick off the ninth Women's World Cup with victorious opening matches and record-breaking crowds.
A tragic shooting incident near the Norwegian team hotel in Auckland leaves three dead and six injured, but authorities ensure safety and confirm no threat to national security.
New Zealand claims a 1-0 victory over Norway at Eden Park, while Australia's Matildas secure a scrappy 1-0 win against Ireland at Stadium Australia in Sydney.
Sam Kerr, Australia's talismanic striker, misses the first two games due to a calf injury, but her absence doesn't dampen the enthusiasm of the fans.
Women's soccer has come a long way, but disparities in conditions and opportunities between male and female footballers still exist globally.
The Women's World Cup is seen as a game-changer for grassroots football clubs in Australia, elevating the sport's status and raising awareness for women's sports participation.
Demand for tickets in Australia is sky-high, with matches involving the home nation selling out months in advance.
New Zealand experiences lower ticket demand, with FIFA's Secretary-General attributing it to Kiwis' habit of purchasing tickets closer to the event.
The Women's World Cup serves as a significant platform to inspire a generation of athletes and fans, promoting progress in women's sports worldwide.
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