Australia and New Zealand have joined forces in a bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
If the bid is successful, it would be the first time the event has been hosted in the southern hemisphere.
Venues in all six Australian states would be used, with a renovated 75,000-seat stadium at Sydney's Olympic Park slated to host the final.
Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson announced the bold campaign, set to underpin the passion for the world game from one side of the Tasman to the other.
Minister Colbeck said the bid would come as welcome news for millions of football fans in Australia and New Zealand.
“Women’s football in Australia is going from strength to strength, with the Matildas currently ranked eighth in the world and the reigning Cup of Nations champions,” he said.
“The Australian and New Zealand Governments are harnessing this momentum to bring one of the world’s biggest sporting events to our region and we thank all State Governments for their support in backing the bid.
“Australia and New Zealand have a successful history of both staging and co-hosting major international sporting events — most recently the Rugby League World Cup 2017 and the Cricket World Cup 2015.
“By hosting such a premier sporting event, we strengthen Australia’s reputation as a world leader in women’s sport.”
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