Australia and New Zealand to host 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup
Jun 26, 2020
By ABC Net
Australia and New Zealand have been successful in their historic joint bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The joint Australia-New Zealand bid won 22 of the 35 votes from the FIFA Council
The trans-Tasman bid was favourite to win after being awarded a strong capability score
Sydney's Stadium Australia is expected to host the final
The trans-Tasman bid beat out that of Colombia by 22 votes to 13 at the FIFA Council meeting in Zurich early this morning.
The tournament will be the first co-confederation-hosted FIFA World Cup (Australia, being part of the Asian football confederation and New Zealand a member of the Oceanic branch), as well as the first FIFA Women's World Cup to be held in the Asia-Pacific region.
Regardless, many past and present Socceroos shared the joy of the Matildas and Australian soccer fans alike, with one of Australia's most celebrated players, Tim Cahill leading the way saying he was "lost for words".
Eden Park in Auckland is expected to host the opening game of the tournament, with Stadium Australia in Sydney pencilled in for the final.
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