Football West will work closely with Football Federation Australia and State and Federal Governments to ensure Perth matches are a key part of the bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Prime Minister The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP and FFA Chairman Steven Lowy announced today that Australia would bid to host the world’s largest and most prestigious women’s sporting event.
Football West Chief Executive Officer James Curtis said the WA sporting public would be excited by the possibility of having Women’s World Cup matches in Perth.
“Football is currently the most-played game in WA and, with our state’s history of producing Matildas including Sam Kerr, Lisa De Vanna and Collette McCallum, this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase WA football talent to the world.”
Perth has proved to be an exceptional host of Australia’s national teams in recent years with the Socceroos playing World Cup qualifiers at nib Stadium against Bangladesh (2015) and Iraq (2016).
“Perth’s proven capability to host large-scale, world-class events presents a great opportunity to highlight the enthusiasm shown by our local and regional community towards the game, particularly through the opening of the new Perth Stadium.”
The Australian Federal Government also announced they will provide FFA with financial support in the form of initial funding to the value of $1 million with the balance of $4m to be granted following fulfilment of designated criteria and milestones.
The most recent FIFA Women’s World Cup, in Canada in 2015, saw a total match attendance of 1.35 million and a global television audience of 764 million with more than 80 million viewers in China and more than 60 million viewers in the United States.
FFA Chairman Steven Lowy was excited by the prospect of Australia once again hosting a major FIFA tournament.
“This is the largest, most prestigious and most competitive contest in a women’s sport globally,” Lowy said. “We want to win the right to host it and then win the tournament itself.”
The Matildas, who are currently ranked eighth in the world and have been ranked as high as fifth, would have a real chance of winning the coveted trophy on home soil.
“The benefits to Australia are many and varied with major economic impact to the wider community and, most importantly, a massive increase in exposure and investment in Women’s Football,” Lowy said.
“A FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia would inspire a whole new generation of girls and women to take up the biggest participation sport in Australia, for many with the dream of winning the World Cup on home soil.”
“I would like to personally thank the Prime Minister and his Parliamentary colleagues for their support thus far. Once FIFA officially announces the bidding process, we intend to make a compelling argument for Australia to be granted hosting rights for this prestigious event.
“We know that this will be a challenging process, but we believe that we have the expertise and world class facilities to host a fantastic tournament,” concluded Lowy.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup is the ultimate competition in women’s football and is held every four years. The last tournament was held in Canada in 2015 and the next will be held in 2019 in France.
The 2023 tournament would see 24 teams compete over 52 matches, hosted across a number of locations.
“With Perth’s proven capability to host large-scale, world-class events, a great opportunity is presented to highlight the enthusiasm shown by our local and regional community towards the game through the opening of the new Perth Stadium.”