For the first time ever, Australia is set to host a senior FIFA competition, as Australia and New Zealand’s combined bid for the 2023 women’s world cup succeeded this week.
FIFA last night announced Australia and New Zealand’s ‘As One’ bid had beaten out the remaining competitor, Colombia, after Brazil and Japan withdrew.
While it is still unclear what the match schedule will be, the Australia-New Zealand bid proposed the use of 13 stadiums across 12 cities, including Perth’s HBF stadium.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia called it the “biggest thing WA has ever hosted.”
“The World Cup Football World Cup here in Western Australia is dream come true not just for football, Western, all the football players in the state and the fans. It is an exceptional thing for The whole state.”
Matildas Football megastar Sam Kerr says playing a game in front of her home town would be a dream come true
“Like when I first started in the Matilda’s, we could barely get a home Matilda’s friendly match. And now we’re going to be hosting the biggest tournament for women’s football.”
CEO of Footballwest, James Curtis, says he expects the competition to encourage more young women in WA to take up soccer.
“I know there’s going to be girls cross WA, and boys as well, putting their boots on, looking at the superstars.”
“How exciting you can go down to HBF and then watch the stars. It’s going to be really exciting. And we know that more players will play as a result.”