The International Netball Federation (INF) has awarded the hosting rights for its 2019 World Cup to the English city of Liverpool.
The ACC Liverpool complex will stage games at the national team tournament, having played host to England sealing its first major competition victory in the 2011 World Netball Series.
ACC Liverpool includes the 8,300 capacity main competition venue Echo Arena; athlete training venue the Exhibition Centre, and BT Convention Centre, which will host the INF Congress. The complex’s new four-star Pullman hotel will be the official INF event hotel.
England has previously hosted the Netball World Cup at Birmingham in 1995, as well as the inaugural edition at Eastbourne in 1963. Liverpool was the only bidder for the 2019 event.
Netball England chief executive Joanna Adams said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the right to stage the World Cup, the biggest competition in netball. With participation increasing in the sport, this will provide a welcome incentive to build upon our momentum and increase the visibility of netball in our country. Having worked with Liverpool to host major global tournaments previously, we have a proven track record of being able to stage such a prestigious event and we look forward to welcoming the netball world to the north-west.”
INF president Molly Rhone added: “England put in a strong bid and we are confident that they will deliver an outstanding event in an excellent venue in the city of Liverpool. It is an exciting time for netball right now, which is growing at an unprecedented rate throughout the world.”
The 2019 Netball World Cup forms part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, under which the national sporting body is investing £40m (€50.3m/$62.4m) of National Lottery funding to help bring world renowned sporting events to the UK, building a legacy from its hosting of the London 2012 Olympics and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The most recent edition of the Netball World Cup was staged in Singapore in 2011, with the Australian national team set to defend its title on home ground in Sydney from August 7-16.