New Zealand Football and Football Australia have written to FIFA to clarify reports of Saudi Arabia's tourism authority being an official sponsor of the 2023 Women's World Cup.

New Zealand Football claims it was not consulted nor was co-host Australia, and is "shocked and disappointed" by the reports.

Amnesty International has criticized the potential deal as FIFA seeks to attract brands for women's football.

The World Cup will take place in July 20 to August 20 across 12 cities in New Zealand and Australia.

Organizers estimate that around two billion people will watch the tournament.

Saudi Arabia has been criticized for its human rights record and accused of "sportswashing."

The takeover of Premier League club Newcastle and the newly formed LIV Golf tour were both funded by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund.

Amnesty International UK's head of priority campaigns and individuals at risk said it's a "breathtaking" and "entirely predictable" effort to sportswash Saudi Arabia's human rights record.

Women in Saudi Arabia face serious discrimination in areas such as marriage, divorce, inheritance, and child custody.

FIFA should speak out on the need for human rights reform in Saudi Arabia and not allow its premier women's tournament to be used for sportswashing, says Amnesty International UK