Federation Football Australia (FFA) has unveiled its bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be fully supported by the federal government.
Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull who was among top dignitaries at the FFA announcement at Parliament House in Canberra, said the country’s history of successfully hosting major sporting events means they are in a better position to win the rights to host the women’s showpiece.
The Federal Government has pledged $1million in initial funding and will provide a further $4million in December if the nation eventually gets the nod ahead of other bidders.
“I am delighted we are supporting a bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told The Herald Sun.
“The Matildas are wonderful role models for young women and girls right across Australia.
“It would be fantastic to have the Matildas playing to win the Women’s World Cup on home soil.”
The Matildas who are ranked eighth in the world, would gain automatic qualification to the finals and would be one of the favourites to lift the championship having reached the quarterfinals of the previous World Cups.
They won the 2010 Asian Cup and made it to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics before losing on penalties to Brazil women’s national team.
FFA chairman Steven Lowy argued the Women’s World Cup would have a “major economic impact” and would give the Matildas a great opportunity to lift the trophy on home soil.
“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,” Lowy said.
“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.”
Lowy added: “This is the largest, most prestigious and most competitive contest in a women’s sport globally. We want to win the right to host it and then win the tournament itself.”
Japan, Thailand, New Zealand and Colombia have also expressed their interests in bidding for the hosting rights of the biggest women’s football tournament.