Sweden vs Australia referee: Wales official Cheryl Foster assigned Women’s World Cup third place playoff


All referee’s dream of being given the opportunity to officiate in the most important games of a World Cup.

The third place playoff is one such match, and the 2023 version will see Sweden look for their fourth third place finish at the World Cup, whilst co-hosts Australia are looking for an ending on a happy note in their best ever World Cup campaign.

These matches, whilst usually lacking the tension associated with the semifinal and final, are still hotly contested and require strong officiating.

The Sporting News looks at which official has been entrusted with the job in Brisbane.

MORE: Sweden vs Australia live blog

Who is referee for Sweden vs Australia?

Cheryl Foster, a 42-year-old from Wales, has been selected as the main referee for the third place playoff match between Sweden and Australia.

The match is her fourth at the tournament, having already officiated two group stage matches and Spain’s 5-1 drubbing of Switzerland in the Round of 16.

She has already taken charge of a match involving Sweden, as she was the woman in the middle for their 5-0 win over Italy in the group stages.

Her other game at the tournament was Brazil’s opening game win over Panama in Adelaide, which ended 4-0 to the South American giants.

The third placed playoff will be available around the world, with Channel Seven making the game available for free in Australia, where viewership records have been smashed during the World Cup.

Where to watch Sweden vs Australia

  TV channel Streaming
USA FOX, Telemundo, UNIVERSO Fubo, Fox Sports site/app,
Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (Spanish), UNIVERSO NOW (Spanish)
UK ITV 1 UK, RTE 2, STV Scotland ITVX, RTE Player, BBC Sport Web
Australia Optus Sport, Channel Seven Optus Sport, 7Plus
Canada TSN1, TSN 4, TSN 5, RDS TSN+, RDS app
India FanCode
New Zealand Sky Sport 1 NZ, Prime TV Sky Sport NOW, Prime TV
Singapore FIFA WWC CH01 meWATCH
Hong Kong Now Sports Prime Now Player
Malaysia  — FIFA+

Fans in select regions of the world can stream the Women’s World Cup live on FIFA+, including in Japan, Brazil, Indonesia and Thailand. 

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