FIFA has named Dave Beeche as the new CEO for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.
Following the announcements of Host Cities and FIFA Chief Operating Officers earlier this year, the addition of Beeche is another step in the tournament’s preparations, where he will oversee its delivery throughout the two host countries.
Beeche will begin in his role from June 14, 2021 – we are now just over two years away from the World Cup’s commencement.
Originally from New Zealand, Beeche has 15 years’ experience leading high-profile commercial and non-profit organisations in the sports, events and tourism sectors. His previous leadership roles have seen him deliver successful major sporting events in both host countries, while he worked alongside current personnel involved in the upcoming women’s rugby and cricket World Cups when he served as the CEO of the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.
“I am honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to lead the delivery of such a significant tournament, especially at a time when there is so much focus globally on the development of women’s sport and, more broadly, the empowerment of women,” he said.
“I look forward to working with both member associations and the Host Cities to not only deliver an outstanding tournament that showcases the world-class talent in women’s football, but leave a lasting positive legacy for women’s sport.”
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura also spoke regarding the appointment:
“We are delighted to welcome Dave to the FIFA team to head up our newly created offices in Australia and New Zealand,” she said.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup has gone from strength to strength with new levels being achieved on and off the pitch in France 2019. We are looking to continue this growth and set a new benchmark for this fantastic tournament in 2023 together with our hosts Australia and New Zealand.”
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is the ninth edition of the tournament and will take place in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20 2023. It will also be the first edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup to feature 32 teams.