Australia and New Zealand’s dream to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup has come to fruition as the two nations unite for a history-making tournament.
The countries will combine to become the first co-confederation hosted World Cup, the first tournament to be held in the Pacific region and the first in its kind to be held in the southern hemisphere.
In a FIFA council meeting on Friday morning, Australia and New Zealand amassed a total of 22 votes compared to Colombia’s 13, in what ended up being a contest between those two bids following Japan’s withdrawal earlier this week.
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The tournament by Australia-NZ is aimed to be a player-centric tournament, bringing the two nations together as one to promote and enhance the ever-growing support and participation for women’s sport.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand will be ground-breaking in many ways,” said FIFA President Chris Nikou.
“Not only will it be the first ever co-confederation hosted FIFA World Cup and the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in the Asia-Pacific region, but we will unlock the huge potential for growth in women’s football in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We would like to thank FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), the Australian and New Zealand governments and all those who have supported the bid.”
Johanna Wood, the NZF President and FIFA Council member, is excited by the potential of this tournament.
“Australia and New Zealand will not only host a FIFA Women’s World Cup that is the largest tournament ever run, but it will also be a catalyst for ensuring the development of women’s football continues in the Asia-Pacific region and globally,” she said.
“Our two nations have worked together to deliver an exceptional, historic bid and I would like to thank FIFA and the whole football family for giving us this opportunity. The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will bring us all together in a celebration of our shared loved of football.”