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State Premier Mark McGowan, centre, with, from left, Football West CEO James Curtis, Junior Matildas Taneesha Baker and Tijan McKenna, current Matildas star Laura Brock, Junior Matilda Isabella Wallhead, Young Matilda Abby Green and former Socceroos keeper and Football West Director Jason Petkovic

WA State Government backs 2023 Women’s World Cup bid

Football West News

Football West today welcomed the news that the State Government is backing Australia’s bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Premier Mark McGowan made the announcement this morning at Nash Field, the home of Western Knights SC.

Mr McGowan also confirmed that the Socceroos will play at least two matches in WA over the next few years, including a World Cup qualifier against Kuwait at HBF Park on March 26, 2020.

Premier Mark McGowan announces the WA Government’s support for the Women’s World Cup bid

“The WA Government is very excited at the prospect of being part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023,” Mr McGowan said.

“We have also partnered with FFA to secure up to three Socceroos games in Perth, including two guaranteed World Cup Qualifiers next year and in 2021.

“The benefits to our State will be significant, in terms of having a major economic impact on and providing a massive increase in exposure to the rest of the world.”

Mr McGowan said a successful bid would attract “thousands and thousands” of tourists to WA, saying the Women’s World Cup in France earlier this year was watched by over a billion people on television.

Matildas player Laura Brock at Nash Field today

“If we’re successful as a nation, games will be played right here in Perth, at HBF Park, and that’ll mean football followers in Western Australia will have the opportunity to go and see this great sporting spectacle.”

Mr Curtis said the Government’s support for the Women’s World Cup bid was another big step forward for female football in WA.

“Today’s announcement from Premier Mark McGowan is tremendous news,” Mr Curtis said.

“Hosting the Women’s World Cup has many benefits, including helping us provide more opportunities for women and children and deliver new and improved football facilities.

“WA has a proud history with the Westfield Matildas, including the legendary Lisa De Vanna, current goalkeeper Lydia Williams and, of course, Sam Kerr. Which is why it was fitting the Premier was speaking at Western Knights, where Sam Kerr played as a junior.”

Also present at the announcement were experienced Westfield Matilda Laura Brock (nee Alleway), Perth-born former Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper and current Football West Director Jason Petkovic, Football West Technical Manager Cris Ola and players from the Junior and Young Matildas, Gold Fields State Boys U14s and Hyundai NTC U13s.

FFA Chief Operating Officer Mr Mark Falvo acknowledged the WA Government’s support for football and said both commitments would excite and inspire football fans from Bunbury to Broome.

“Hosting matches, training, and other events in and around Perth in 2023 would ensure that WA is part of a truly global celebration of football,” he said.

“It is also fantastic that the Caltex Socceroos are set to return to the west consistently over the coming years. Five men’s ‘A’ internationals have been held in Perth since 1975, and with the WA Government’s commitment today that figure will rise over the next two years.”

Premier Mark McGowan with juniors and representatives of Western Knights SC

There are seven other countries bidding to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup – Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea.

Football Federation Australia’s bid will be submitted in Zurich on December 13. FIFA Council will make its decision in May 2020.

So far more than 450,000 supporters from around the world have pledged their support and enthusiasm for Australia’s bid at the official website AusBid2023.com

Next Match – Caltex Socceroos – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ – Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2

Australia v Kuwait

Date: Thursday, 26 March 2020
Venue: HBF Park, Perth, Western Australia
Kick-off: To be confirmed
Football Family Tickets: On sale Tuesday, 10 December 2019 at 9am AWST/12pm AEDT (check www.socceroos.com.au for details)
General Public Tickets: On sale Thursday, 12 December 2019 at 9am AWST/12pm AEDT (check www.socceroos.com.au for details)
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