2023 Women's World Cup planning kicks up a notch as candidate host cities named

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Planning for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is set to step up a gear this week with FIFA to hold virtual workshops with the 12 candidate host cities.

Representatives from the candidate cities will learn what is required to secure matches when women’s football’s marquee tournament is held on home soil, as well as presenting their hosting plan during the workshops - which start today until November 4.

There are seven Australian candidate cities which will take part include: Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Launceston, Newcastle, Melbourne and Perth.  

New Zealand will have five candidate cities attending the workshop, including: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton and Wellington.

Sydney will have two stadiums in the running with both Stadium Australia and the rebuilt Sydney Football nominated as potential venues.

Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta, at this stage, has not been included as a possible venue.

Meanwhile, venue details for other candidate cities have also not yet been revealed.

The workshops are just the first step in the selection process with FIFA and event organisers also set to hold inspections in all 12 candidate cities over the next few months before a final decision is made in 2021.

“We look forward to the virtual workshops over the coming weeks as we take our first steps together with Australia and New Zealand towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023,” FIFA Chief Tournaments and Events Officer Colin Smith said.

“These workshops will provide a useful forum to learn more about the 12 candidate cities, such as their plans for stadia, training sites and other key operational areas.”