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Matildas and Football Ferns commit to FIFA Women’s World Cup Bid

Westfield Matildas and Football Ferns players have come together to support the Bid ‘As One’ for Australia and New Zealand to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Asia-Pacific in 2023.

Australia’s Sam Kerr and New Zealand’s Rosie White spoke about the need to capitalise on the interest for women’s football in Asia and Oceania by having both nations receiving dual hosting rights, as per the FFA press release.

Sam Kerr:

“Hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia would be a dream come true for me,” she said.

“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 really believe that Australia and New Zealand would be incredible hosts to take the game forward.

“It is also fitting that New Zealand was the Matildas’ first full international opponent 40 years ago and now we are partnering in a Bid to host the biggest women’s sporting tournament on the planet.”

Rosie White:

“If New Zealand and Australia were to host a World Cup it would change football in region forever,” she said.

“I had a taste for it with the U-17 Women’s World Cup (in New Zealand) in 2008 and that is, still to this day, one of my favourite memories.

“I could not think of a better opportunity than hosting a World Cup to help women’s football skyrocket in New Zealand – to inspire the next generations and drive investment into our sport.

“New Zealand would be an amazing host for the World Cup – not only are we a hugely popular destination for tourists, but we know we can put on a show. New Zealanders are fantastic at banding together and getting things done, we are known for being amazing hosts.”

The ‘As One’ FIFA Women’s World Cup Bid was announced at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Friday morning just hours before the Official Bid Book was to be submitted to FIFA at their global headquarters in Zurich.

Liam Watson is the Managing Editor at Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Tottenham Hotspur announce Science in Sport as their performance solutions partner

Tottenham and SiS

Tottenham Hotspur have named nutrition brand Science in Sport (SiS) as their first official performance solutions partner, signing a four-year deal.

The partnership will see SiS provide the Premier League outfit with products and a dedicated performance solutions framework, custom designed by the company to shape the team’s nutrition strategy.

Spurs will employ staff to work alongside SiS to help develop the programme, which will be led by the club’s lead nutritionist, Emma Tester.

“At Tottenham Hotspur we aspire to be the world’s best in performance nutrition. Since the start of pre-season, we have been working closely with James Morton and the team at SiS to get the products implemented across the squad and begin planning our wider nutritional strategy,” Tester said via Tottenham Hotspur.

“Having access and support from industry-leading experts is of huge benefit to us“We have had great feedback from the players on the range of products available to them and we look forward to developing bespoke products to truly personalise their nutrition programme.

In return, SiS will gain brand visibility on coolers and water bottles, as well as branding promotion at the club’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium home on matchdays and at the club’s training ground.

Spursplay, the club’s recently launched streaming platform, will offer feature SiS-branded content demonstrating how the brand’s products are being used.

Included on the Board is Prof. James Morton, Director of Performance Solutions at SiS, who said via Tottenham Hotspur:

“Science in Sport are committed to fuelling the world’s best athletes and sports teams with world leading science and innovation. With our Performance Solutions programme, we tailor our research, innovation, and world class knowledge to deliver a true competitive advantage. We are delighted to partner with Tottenham Hotspur, a sports team who share the same pioneering values and vision.”

Exclusive content about the partnership will be available on SPURSPLAY, the Club’s new home of live and on-demand video content, including interviews and behind the scenes access to the Performance Framework being implemented. SiS-branded coolers and bottles will also regularly be seen pitchside on matchdays and during training sessions.

Optus Sport to stream Football Victoria’s Nike F.C. Cup Final

Nike F.C. Cup

Football Victoria have made the exciting announcement that Optus Sport will yet again stream the Nike F.C. Cup Final in 2022.

Optus Sport have been the home of the English Premier League in Australia since 2016, and are also home to LaLiga, the Women’s Super League, K-League, J-League and the EURO’s.

The Cup Final will be held on Sunday afternoon, when South Melbourne takes on Calder United at Valley Park Events Centre, Broadmeadows.

Football Victoria CEO Kimon Taliadoros applauded Optus Sport’s commitment and acknowledged their continued support of the local game in a statement released by Football Victoria.

“The appetite for women’s football is growing exponentially and we thank Optus Sport for their elevation of the Nike F.C. Cup again in 2022,” he said in a statement.

“We are thrilled that subscribers across the nation can experience the quality football that the two teams will deliver on Sunday.”

Match coverage starts at 3.30pm AEDT, with the final kicking off at 4pm this Sunday.

Coverage will also be provided for non-subscribers on NPL.TV and Football Victoria’s Facebook and YouTube.

Customers can watch Optus Sport on their favourite screens and devices via Fetch, Apple TV, Android TV compatible Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, Apple Airplay, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, compatible Samsung Smart TVs or desktop, or on-the-go via tablet, mobile, or laptop.

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