August 1 – Australia have been the first of the declared bidders for the hosting of the 2023 Women’s World Cup to reaffirm their interest in the expanded competition which is being put out to retender.
The Football Federation Australia (FFA) said it “applauded the unanimous decision made by the FIFA Council on Wednesday to expand the FIFA Women’s World Cup from 24 to 32 nations, commencing with the next edition of the tournament to be held in 2023.”
FIFA has reopened the bidding for 2023 hosting with updated requirements documentation expected later this month. Bids have to be made by December with the bid evaluation report scheduled for publication in April 2020 and the decision on hosts being taken in May 2020.
“Australia stands ready to work with FIFA to deliver an historic 32 nation FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023,” said FFA Chair, Chris Nikou.
“The groundwork that has been completed by our Bid Team, which includes gaining the official support of the New South Wales Government as recently as Tuesday this week, means that Australia is well advanced in many of the elements required to Bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023. This follows an earlier commitment of support for FFA’s bid by the Commonwealth Government of Australia, including the provision of $5m in funding to prepare a bid…
“Australia’s appetite to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 is only enhanced by the news received overnight. We are resolute in our belief that a FIFA Women’s World Cup hosted in Australia offers truly limitless possibilities that will not only herald a new chapter in women’s football, but also provide a platform for change that can transcend the game across the region and beyond,” he said.
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