The Australia-New Zealand bid to co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup has been rated the best by FIFA, according to the governing body’s bid evaluation report.
FIFA awarded the Australasian bid 4.1 points from a maximum of five in the report, with contenders Japan scoring 3.9 and Colombia 2.8.
The joint bid was labelled “the most commercially favourable proposition” by FIFA, which will give Australian and New Zealand football fans a sense of belief that a World Cup on home soil may soon be a reality.
FFA Chairman Chris Nikou was pleased with the details of FIFA’s report.
“I am delighted that we have scored so strongly in FIFA’s Bid Evaluation Report and been described as offering ‘the most favourable commercial proposition’,” he said.
“We are confident that our combination of technical excellence, record breaking crowds, commercial certainty, a warm embrace from our 200 different cultures and genuine impact across the region where the legacies will be profound will prove a compelling offer to FIFA and its confederations.
“We are two nations from two confederations, united in proposing a historic and exciting step forward for world football. It will be a tournament of firsts. The first ever co-confederation hosted FIFA World Cup, the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in the Asia-Pacific region, and the first ever to be held in the southern hemisphere.”
NZF President Johanna Wood said:
“We hosted a very successful inspection visit (in February) and we are delighted by today’s FIFA Bid Evaluation Report which reinforces our belief that we would host a technically excellent FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
“The report demonstrates many of our key strengths and we are very pleased to have received the highest overall average score of 4.1 out of 5. If successful, we will place the interests of the greatest female footballers in the world at the centre of everything we do, to deliver a FIFA Women’s World Cup the global football family can be proud of.
“With technical excellence, commercial certainty and a historic tournament of firsts, Australia-New Zealand offers FIFA a unique opportunity to move the dial for women’s football. We have proven this before and can be trusted to achieve this again.
“In addition, we are nations proud of our commitment to equality and fairness and would embody a FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 built on common humanity through football.”
The FIFA Council will decide the host of the 2023 Women’s World Cup on June 25.