Australia is considering themselves as a contender to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and with commitment already made towards the cause, we could be seeing some of the world’s best in our own country.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has given praise to the Queensland government after they put their hand up to commit towards the bid to get the FIFA Women’s World Cup here in Australia.
Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane would be the main venue that would host several matches being played throughout the tournament.
The New South Wales Government has also given their support for this bid, and it is sure to encourage other states to lend and continue their support.
FFA has already received $5 million in funds from the Australian Government in preparation for the bid, showing that there is some keen interest to getting a major tournament down under.
FFA Chief Executive David Gallop gave the Queensland government credit.
“We are thrilled to have the support of the Queensland Government. The confirmation of this support and the inclusion of Brisbane as a proposed Host City significantly strengthens Australia’s bid, he said.
“This will secure an outstanding legacy for female sport in Queensland and Australia, powering FFA’s drive towards Gender Equality in Football.
“Suncorp Stadium is a magnificent venue of football, and the prospect of hosting World Cup matches there is an extremely exciting one for the Westfield Matildas and everyone at FFA.
Representatives from Queensland have spoken of the importance hosting these type of events.
“We want Queensland to be known as a world-class destination for major events. Hosting World Cup teams could make Queensland the centre of attention for a massively growing global audience, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“It’s a big prestigious event, televised round the world and FIFA reports it attracted an audience of more than a billion during the tournament in France earlier this year.
The success of the 2019 tournament in France has led to a decision by FIFA to expand the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to a 32-team tournament up from 24.”
“Hosting this event would be a game changer for women’s sport in our state, Queensland Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said.
“The Matildas captured the attention of the world at this year’s World Cup in France. But there is nothing like playing on home soil.
“To give the Matildas the chance to play in Queensland would do great things to promote gender equality and encourage more women and girls into sport in our state.”
FIFA will announce the host of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in May next year.