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Six Australian States Back 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Bid

December 11, 2019

Football Federation Australia has confirmed that six State Governments are now formally backing Australia’s FIFA Women’s World Cup™ bid for 2023, and will be in the mix to host matches if Australia is successful in its bid.

This follows the announcement that the Tasmanian Government has joined Western Australian, Victorian, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australian State Governments in supporting the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Bid and committing to host matches.

The huge success of the 2019 tournament in France led to a decision by FIFA to expand the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ to a 32-team tournament, up from 24. With the deadline for 2023 bid nations to submit their plans to FIFA fast approaching on 13 December, FFA looks forward to providing greater detail of its bid vision and concept later this month.

FFA Chairman, Mr Chris Nikou said: “I congratulate and thank the State Ministers and Governments for joining us in partnership to deliver the best FIFA Women’s World Cup™ football has ever seen. We are excited about submitting a compelling bid to FIFA shortly and hosting a World Cup that fans and players will never forget.

“Following the FFA’s pioneering collective bargaining agreement to close the gender pay gap between Australia’s national teams, and our 10-year funding plan to drive growth in women’s football, Australia is perfectly suited to work in full partnership with FIFA to take women’s football to a whole new level.”

Matildas Captain, Sam Kerr commented: “Hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia would be a dream come true for me. There is so much untapped potential, not just in Australia but right across Asia and the Pacific region, that I really do believe we would offer something incredibly special to FIFA. I look forward to doing all that I can to support our bid right up to the last moment in May 2020 as this is my opportunity to give something back to the sport that has already given me so much.”

FFA Chief Operating Officer, Mr Mark Falvo added: “The FFA is delighted that six State Governments have so far shared our vision to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ to Australia. Having these Governments onside for our Bid, is a tremendous boost as we prepare to lodge the Bid book with FIFA in Zurich later this week. The prospect of playing matches right across the country is an exciting one for the millions of football fans in Australia and we are resolute in the belief that we can deliver an outstanding tournament in what will be an amazing chapter in the history of women’s football.”

FIFA will announce the host of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in May next year.

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