Australia-New Zealand bid awarded hosting duties for 2023 Women's World Cup

Saturday, 27 Jun, 2020

Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and a joint Korean proposal had already fallen by the wayside.

35 FIFA Council members voted in the online meeting, with the joint Australia-New Zealand bid emphatically winning 22 votes to 13.

Both encouraging - and benefiting from - the massive growth in women's football, the quadrennial tournament has expanded from 16 teams to 24, and the 2023 event will be the first to feature 32 teams.

He also suggested that "events" were big drivers in women's football and that World Cups could happen every two years instead of every four in the future.

Australia captain Sam Kerr, who plays for Chelsea in the English league and is one of the global stars of women's football, stayed up late in Perth to watch the bid announcement.

The words "and New Zealand" can not even be heard as the female soccer players erupted with delight after hearing "Australia" called out.

Seven cities in Australia will host games, and five in New Zealand. Four groups will be based in each country during the first phase.

"It will be a historic tournament of firsts that will create a profound and enduring legacy for women's football in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond", Ardern said.

FIFA chairman Gianni Infantino, who voted for the trans-Tasman bid, was surprised to see a block vote in favour of Colombia from football's most powerful confederation but refused to criticise the decision, calling it "democracy".

Reports from Europe have indicated the majority of UEFA's nine Council members could vote for Colombia, which is also set to be supported by its fellow CONMEBOL members.

"It was a process that was. run very well by Federation Internationale de Football Association. we scored very highly on a report that was an objective report", added Johnson.

New Zealanders woke to the news the joint bid for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup was successful.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will nearly certainly turn a sizeable profit through broadcast rights, while Australia and New Zealand can expect a major boost in tourism revenues as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes as good news to the Vietnamese women's national team now placed sixth in Asia in the FIFA Women's ranking behind Japan, South Korea, China, Australia and North Korea.

Quarters and semis will take place across both countries before the final at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, which hosted the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympics when 110,000 people crammed in.

Both confederations are set to be in the running to host the men's World Cup in 2030, with a United Kingdom and Ireland bid mooted alongside one from a group of South American countries, with Uruguay having hosted the first finals in 1930.