FFA have thrown their support behind FIFA's decision to expand the 2023 World Cup to 32 teams, reconfirming their eagerness to host the tournament.
Australia are one of only two confirmed bidders in the race for the prized competition, which FIFA unanimously elected to expand to 32 teams following the success of France's showpiece this year.
“Australia stands ready to work with FIFA to deliver an historic 32 nation FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023,” FFA Chair, Mr Chris Nikou, said.
“The groundwork that has been completed by our Bid Team, which includes gaining the official support of the New South Wales Government as recently as Tuesday this week, means that Australia is well advanced in many of the elements required to Bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
"This follows an earlier commitment of support for FFA’s bid by the Commonwealth Government of Australia, including the provision of $5m in funding to prepare a bid.
“FFA will await the updated documentation from FIFA and, once received, will work diligently with relevant stakeholders to adjust features of our original and ongoing planning to address the expanded competition requirements."
Nikou said FIFA's decision to expand the tournament serves to increase Australia's interest in hosting.
It comes shortly after FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, announced the total prize pool for female footballers be doubled to $60 million USD.
“Australia’s appetite to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 is only enhanced by the news received overnight.
"We are resolute in our belief that a FIFA Women’s World Cup hosted in Australia offers truly limitless possibilities that will not only herald a new chapter in women’s football, but also provide a platform for change that can transcend the game across the region and beyond."