Australia and New Zealand to host the Women's World Cup in 2023

Australia and New Zealand to host the Women’s World Cup in 2023

FIFA declared its conclusion following a virtual government council meeting on Thursday, with the thriving bid receiving 22 of the 35 legitimate votes forged in the first ballot.

The joint bid had been favored to acquire immediately after Japan withdrew from the course of action previously this thirty day period, leaving Colombia as the only competition.

FIFA’s technological evaluation on all 3 hosts experienced put the Trans-Tasman bid way forward of its rival, supplying it a score of 4.1 out of 5.

Japan was awarded 3.9, partly prompting its withdrawal, while Colombia scored only 2.8.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has been praised for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic, had publicly backed the bid.

Along with her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, she had penned an open letter to FIFA supporting the joint bid. She also reiterated her commitment in a last attempt to persuade the FIFA council on Wednesday.

“We are leaders not only in women’s football, but in the journey to accomplish gender equality both equally on and off the pitch,” she explained, prior to the vote.

“We have accomplished equality in spend for our women’s countrywide teams and this is something we are really happy of.

“This event will present an chance to develop women’s soccer throughout all Asia-Pacific, and further than, and we will shine a gentle on the women’s activity like never in advance of.”

The tournament, scheduled to start off on July 10, 2023, will be the initial Women’s Globe Cup held in the southern hemisphere and will be performed throughout 8 stadiums in Australia and five in New Zealand. It will also be the initial edition to attribute 32 teams.

The productive bid promised an “unparalleled” degree of investment next the breakthrough accomplishment of last year’s Women’s Earth Cup.

The event in France attracted report breaking audiences and place women’s soccer middle stage.

“The FIFA Women’s Earth Cup is the pinnacle of our sport and really what dreams are designed of,” said Australia captain Sam Kerr, prior to the decision.

“The ideal teams in the earth, the very best players in the earth participating on the most important phase.

“This is about inspiring the future era of women by foremost the way on the field and off it.”