A complete guide to the Lionesses’ year, including fixtures at the 2023 Women’s World Cup, the newly-launched Nations League and the Arnold Clark Cup.
After triumphing at the Euros in 2022, lifting the trophy on home soil at a sold-out Wembley Stadium, England now have their eyes on glory at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
The first half of the year will be spent preparing for that tournament in the best way possible, something they started at the end of 2022 – playing the world champions, the U.S. women’s national team, and beating them.
There is also a newly-launched UEFA Women’s Nations League to come in 2023, which will be linked to qualification for the 2025 Euros, and windows for friendlies as the year goes on, too.
What fixtures have England Women had in 2023?
England started 2023 with the Arnold Clark Cup in February, an invitational tournament which the Lionesses started – and won – last year. For this edition, Belgium, Italy and South Korea were the visitors, with England beating all three as they retained their title.
However, just a few days later, the Lionesses saw their unbeaten record under the Dutch coach come to an end when they were deservedly beaten by Australia.
What fixtures do England Women have in 2023?
There will then be one more international break before the Women’s World Cup kicks off on July 20, from July 10 to July 18, for the Lionesses to complete their final tournament preparations. They will face Portugal in their final game on home soil before taking on Canada in a behind-closed-doors friendly in Australia.
England have been grouped with China, Denmark and Haiti for the Women’s World Cup, the latter coming through the play-off tournament in February. Melchie Dumornay, GOAL‘s 2022 NXGN winner, scored both goals in victory over Chile.
After the tournament concludes, the UEFA Women’s Nations League will take place for the first time. England will face the Netherlands – Wiegman’s home country, Belgium and neighbours Scotland in the first stage.
Nations League fixtures will occupy England’s final three international breaks of 2023: September 18 to September 26, October 23 to October 31 and November 27 to December 5.
England’s 2023 Women’s World Cup group
England’s 2023-24 Women’s Nations League group
England Women’s fixtures & results in 2023
Further fixtures will be announced in due course.