Two former Matildas have said it's time for Australia to host the FIFA Women's World Cup.
With less than a year until FIFA announce who will host the 2023 edition of the tournament, both Alicia Ferguson-Cook and Heather Garriock have said it's time for it to come Down Under.
“I think it’s time we hosted a World Cup in Australia,” Ferguson-Cook told Optus Sport.
“We have such a legacy and history at the World Cup and Australia is such a sports mad country.
“The Matildas popularity is continuing to grow and it’s our time to host a World Cup. We’ve got the facilities, we’ve got the infrastructure, we need to do this. Fingers crossed it happens.”
For Garriock, having the Women's World Cup on home soil isn't just a benefit for football but to a wider community.
“I think we need the World Cup to be here in 2023 and it would give us so much opportunity, not just in football but women’s sport as well. I think that is the key,” the Canberra United coach said.
In early October, bids and other official documents will be submitted to FIFA. Nine countries have expressed interest in hosting the 2023 Women's World Cup including Japan, South Korea/North Korea and Brazil.
FFA's official bid, which launched in October last year, has recently seen the supporter tally rise to over 300,000.
Head to www.ausbid2023.com to show your support.