Matildas co-captains Lisa De Vanna and Clare Polkinghorne with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Photo: Getty Images)

Australia to bid for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

With the backing of the Australian Federal Government, Football Federation Australia is set to announce tomorrow that they will be bidding to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

It would be the second time Australia would have hosted an international women’s football tournament after the 2006 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Adelaide, South Australia.

The federal government has already committed to initial resourcing of $1 million with an additional $4 million available in December 2017, depending on the prospects of success.

“I am delighted we are supporting a bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup,’’ said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “The Matildas are wonderful role models for young women and girls right across Australia.’’

“It would be fantastic to have the Matildas playing to win the Women’s World Cup on home soil.’’

Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has also conveyed his support for an Australian bid.

While the host cities are yet to be determined for the 24 nation tournament, according to the Herald Sun, six cities are in the running including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra.

“We are a sporting nation, recognised internationally for our sporting achievements and for showcasing some of the biggest sporting events in the world.”

“Women’s sport in Australia has moved forward in leaps and bounds.  Staging the 2023 Women’s World Cup will continue this momentum.”

Australia has in the past been close to launching a bid for the Women’s World Cup but finally circumstances looked to have converged for a 2023 bid. Women’s football is the largest participation sport

“This is the largest, most prestigious and most competitive contest in a women’s sport globally,” said FFA Chairman Steven Lowy.

“A FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia would inspire a whole new generation of girls and women to take up the biggest participation sport in Australia, for many with the dream of winning the World Cup on home soil.”

“We want to win the right to host it and then win the tournament itself.”

Australia is the first nation to officially put their hat in the ring for the 2023 Women’s World Cup – the 9th edition of the tournament – with bid books due in 2018.

The Australia2023 bid will depend many factors but with the last AFC hosted World Cup back in 2007, there are good chances the World Cup will head back to the Asian confederation after Germany 2011, Canada 2015 and France 2019.

A final decision on the Women’s World Cup host will be made in early 2019.

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ANN ODONG
Ann is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TWG.