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Australia and New Zealand move towards joint 2023 Women’s World Cup bid

Caitlin Foord of Australia contests the ball with Abby Erceg of New Zealand during a 2019 Cup of Nations match (by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Football Federation Australia (FFA) chairman Chris Nikou has stated that a joint bid with New Zealand for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup “makes sense” with under a month to go before a bid book needs to be entered to world football’s governing body.

Australia and New Zealand are currently listed as separate bidders for the next edition of the World Cup, but July’s decision by the ruling Fifa Council to expand the tournament from 24 to 32 teams has placed extra strain on infrastructure if the event is hosted in one country.

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