Australia And New Zealand To Host FIFA Women's World Cup In 2023
Australia and New Zealand have won the bid to host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023.
Our proposal was just enough to win over the board at FIFA, beating rival host Colombia. We received 22 of the 35 valid votes, leaving the South Americans with 12.
The official social media account for the Australia and New Zealand bid wrote on Twitter: "Australia and New Zealand have been granted the honour of hosting the @FIFAWWC 2023! This landmark decision is a moment for everyone to celebrate #AsOne.
"We stand ready to welcome the world and deliver the best ever @FIFAWWC."
The moment The Matildas, the Australian women's soccer team, discovered they would host the world was captured on camera and, honestly, can you imagine something more pure?
The Sydney Opera House sails were lit up in green and gold as well as with images of the players in the lead up to the announcement.
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Matildas superstar Sam Kerr posted on Twitter: "WE DID IT! Australia and New Zealand have been granted the honour of hosting the @FIFAWWC 2023!
"This landmark decision is a moment for everyone to celebrate #AsOne! We stand ready to welcome the world and deliver the best ever."
The opening match of the tournament will be held at Auckland's Eden Park and the final will be played out in Sydney.
The joint big received a score of 4.1 out of 5 and our campaign beat Colombia on all criteria, which included stadiums, team and referee facilities, accommodation, International Broadcast Centre (IBC), competition-related event sites and commercial.
And the @SydOperaHouse lights up after the 2023 @FIFAWWC hosts are revealed! :tada:
What an incredible moment for football in Australia & New Zealand. #AsOne pic.twitter.com/UhQr44SNTy
- Westfield Matildas (@TheMatildas) June 25, 2020
Despite this, we didn't seem to win over Europe's soccer confederation, UEFA, due to the sport already being well established in Australia and New Zealand.
The body voted for Colombia's campaign, adding: "Even though the Colombian bid was not the one rated highest technically by FIFA, European members of the FIFA Council felt that it represented a strategic opportunity for the development of women's football in South America thanks to the legacy and increase of attention for the women's game that the tournament would bring to the continent.
"It was a choice between two countries - Australia and New Zealand - where women's football is already strongly established, and a continent where it still has to be firmly implanted and has a huge development potential. It's important to add that European members of the FIFA Council agreed to vote together on major issues as a matter of solidarity."
Thankfully, we had enough votes for it to swing our way and the countdown is now on!
Featured Image Credit: PA