Football Federation Australia (FFA) and New Zealand Football (NZF) are delighted their ground-breaking vision to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be realised after being awarded the hosting rights by FIFA.
The official bid outlines that ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park will be the centrepiece of the tournament hosting the Final and the opening game in Australia.
A player-centric tournament, Australia-New Zealand promises to deliver record-breaking crowds and long-term participation growth, bringing football together as one to celebrate the women’s game.
FFA President, Chris Nikou, believes FFA and NZF’s unique geographical location was a key strength for the successful bid:
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand will be ground-breaking in many ways. Not only will it be the first ever co-confederation hosted FIFA World Cup and the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in the Asia-Pacific region, but we will unlock the huge potential for growth in women’s football in the Asia-Pacific region.”
Matildas’ captain, Sam Kerr, believes a home FIFA Women’s World Cup is an opportunity to inspire a new generation of young Matildas to play football:
“The opportunity to play in a home FIFA Women’s World Cup is something every footballer dreams of and I am looking forward to seeing those dreams come true. Playing for the Matildas in Australia will be the highlight of my career and an opportunity to inspire girls, both in Australia and New Zealand, and all over the world to play football. We have seen great progress in the women’s game and Australia-New Zealand will take the game to a whole new level.”