Over the next two weeks FIFA will conduct the workshops, with representatives from the candidate host cities across Australia and New Zealand informed about what is required to secure matches for the world-class tournament.
The 12 candidate cities are: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Perth, Launceston, Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.
Each candidate will also have the opportunity to present an overall update on their hosting plans.
FIFA Chief Tournaments & Events Officer, Colin Smith, stated: “We look forward to the virtual workshops over the coming weeks as we take our first steps together with Australia and New Zealand towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. These workshops will provide a useful forum to learn more about the 12 candidate cities, such as their plans for stadia, training sites and other key operational areas.”
FFA CEO, James Johnson, said in a statement: “The ‘As One 2023’ Bid proposed 13 stadiums in 12 host cities, and today marks the commencement of the process to select the final number of stadiums and host cities to host matches at the next FIFA Women’s World Cup. Each candidate host city will have the opportunity to present directly to FIFA regarding the merits of its proposal to host FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 matches.”
“FFA is ready to work in partnership with FIFA to host a festival of football right across Australia, and alongside New Zealand to deliver a tournament that leaves a lasting legacy for the sport both locally and globally. Aligned with the co-hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, FFA has commenced the development of a legacy framework that will help ensure the continued growth and development of Australian football long after the tournament is completed in 2023.”
“Australia’s co-hosting of the next FIFA Women’s World Cup ensures that we continue to be a globally-minded organisation, and will play a significant role in ensuring Australia becomes the centre of women’s football in the Asia-Pacific region, as envisaged in our XI Principles for the future of Australian football.”