Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced that the country will bid to host the Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2023.
The announcement was made by FFA chairman Steven Lowy and Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull. Should Australia be successful in its bid, it would mark the first time the country has staged the national team tournament.
The Australian Federal Government has agreed to provide FFA with an initial Aus$1m (€673,000/$755,000) in funding, with a Aus$4m balance to be allocated following the fulfilment of designated criteria and milestones.
“This is the largest, most prestigious and most competitive contest in a women’s sport globally,” said Lowy. “We want to win the right to host it and then win the tournament itself.
“The benefits to Australia are many and varied with major economic impact to the wider community and, most importantly, a massive increase in exposure and investment in women’s football.
“A Fifa Women’s World Cup in Australia would inspire a whole new generation of girls and women to take up the biggest participation sport in Australia, for many with the dream of winning the World Cup on home soil.”
The Women’s World Cup takes place every four years and was last held in Canada in 2015, with the United States picking up the trophy following a 5-2 victory over Japan in the final. The 2019 event will be staged in France.