FIFA has received a record number of expressions of interest in hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Australia alongside Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, South Korea/North Korea, New Zealand and South Africa have all submitted expressions of interest to host the ninth edition of the women's tournament.
All interested Member Associations (MAs) have now been sent bidding registration documents and will have until April 16 to submit these document to FIFA.
This process, which looks at what nations need to host the event, is expected to narrow down the current list but either way, Australia is set to have tough competition to win hosting rights.
Days after submitting the registration documents, FIFA will distribute hosting documents to MAs before submissions for the bid book, the signed hosting agreement and all other hosting documents to FIFA are due on October 4.
Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and New Zealand have all previously hosted FIFA related World Cups with four nations having also hosted the men's tournament.
During an FFA media briefing last week, Chairman Chris Nikou said working groups had to be realistic about Australia's chances at hosting the tournament with Australia's position within Asia "fragile".
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“We have good friends and support to the East, but we’re not that well liked to the West," he said.
“We need to position ourselves as the number one bid coming out of the AFC, that’s important."
The FIFA Council will select the 2023 World Cup host with an open ballot in March 2020.