The World Football Federation Council voted to select the nation to host the 9th FIFA 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup at an online meeting. In the review report, Australia and New Zealand were praised for their commercial potential.
Both of these candidates offer very good options for sports and general infrastructure. Besides commercial proposals, financial commitments are made by the governments of both countries for the operational costs of the tournament.
The review report also notes that co-hosting between the two countries could be a more complex commitment. However, this is the first time the Asia-Pacific region has hosted the Women’s World Cup. And this is also the first time the number of teams in a Women’s World Cup has increased to 32.
Expected matches in the framework of the Women’s World Cup will take place from July 10 to August 20. The Opening Match will be held at Auckland’s Eden Park with a capacity of 50,000 seats. And the final will take place at the 70,000-seat Gymnasium in Sydney, Australia.
There are over eight proposed venues in Australia and five venues in New Zealand. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spent a lot of enthusiasm in the campaign to host the event. Both of these senior leaders were present at the final presentation to the World Football Federation Council.
New Zealand Football Federation president and also member of the World Football Federation Council Johanna Wood. Australian Football Federation president Chris Nikou, captain Sam Kerr and New Zealand captain Ali Riley were also present at the online session.
Before the decision was made, the vote was in favor of the Colombian candidate. But in the end, the country was unable to surpass Australia and New Zealand. The assessment reports that a significant investment and support from both local organizations. And the World Football Association are needed for the Colombian candidate if the country wins.
Brazil and Japan have also participated in the campaign to host the FIFA 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. But both candidates have withdrawn in recent months. The United States is the country that won the championship, and it is also the fourth time the US has won the Women’s World Cup.