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Football West CEO James Curtis with Sam Kerr and Junior Matildas Hana Lowry, Isabella Wallhead, Tijan McKenna and Miranda Templeman

World Cup bid win a massive boost for football in WA

Football West News

Football West Chairman Sherif Andrawes says the decision to award Australia and New Zealand the 2023 Women’s World Cup is huge for the game in WA.

Perth will be one of 12 hosting cities, with HBF Park to host a number of matches. The recently announced State Football Centre and other suburban grounds will play a major role in teams’ training and preparation.

“This is a massive boost for our sport in Australia and will have a lasting, positive impact on the game for girls and boys across WA,” Mr Andrawes said.

“The advocacy of our community through the bid process was significant and supported us getting WA as part of the bid and the bid across the line.

“There were a lot of us staying up late to watch the result and when it was announced that Australia and New Zealand had won, there would have been a mixture of celebration and relief.

“It really is fantastic to secure hosting right for the competition and great that WA is part of the tournament thanks to the support of the WA Government.”

Football West CEO James Curtis joined Matildas superstar Sam Kerr, Premier Mark McGowan and WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia at today’s media conference at HBF Park.

Speaking on behalf of Football West and Football Federation Australia, Mr Curtis thanked the WA Government nd Federal Governments for their support for the bid.

“The Women’s World Cup will have over one billion people watching in so there’s a great opportunity to showcase Western Australia and the football talent we’ve got on offer,” he said.

“The Women’s World Cup will also assist us in hitting our 50-50 gender equity target by 2027. That’s really important when we think about all the boys and girls who are going to be watching this from around Australia and around the globe.

“When we talk about the investment towards female facilities (it’s about) making sure facilities are going to support those future generations.”

Premier Mark McGowan, who announced the WA Government’s support for the bid late last year,  said: “I’m so excited and so pleased for Asutralia and Western Australia. This is a remarkable achievement and wonderful for women’s sport.”

He added: “A couple of weeks ago we committed $16 million to the State Football centre, which will be finished in time and will be a home base when the event is on.”

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said: “This is going to be the biggest thing WA has ever hosted.”

“The World Cup Football World Cup here in Western Australia is dream come true not just for football, Western, all the football players in the state and the fans. It is an exceptional thing for the whole state.

“all of our biggest markets are football fans … people will come from all over the world to this event.”