Australia, New Zealand confirm joint bid for 2023 Women’s World Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia and New Zealand have joined forces in a bid to host the Women’s World Cup in 2023.

Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football (NZF) announced the co-confederation bid yesterday in Melbourne, hours before the official bid book was to be submitted to football’s world governing body FIFA in Zurich.

FIFA has plenty of contenders to host the first 32-team Women’s World Cup. Other bids are expected from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Japan.

Australia’s star striker Sam Kerr said the women’s game in Asia and Oceania would get a significant boost from the investment and interest generated by hosting a World Cup.

“There is so much untapped potential, not just in Australia but right across Asia and the Pacific region, that I really do believe we would offer something incredibly special,” said Kerr, who scored five goals in four games as Australia reached the knockout stage of the World Cup in France earlier this year.

“I really believe that Australia and New Zealand would be incredible hosts to take the game forward.

Australia and New Zealand were in the Oceania confederation before Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006.

New Zealand international Rosie White played in the under-17 Women’s World Cup when her country hosted it in 2008 and has since been to three senior Women’s World Cups.

“New Zealand would be an amazing host for the World Cup – not only are we a hugely popular destination for tourists, but we know we can put on a show,” White said.

“New Zealanders are fantastic at banding together and getting things done, we are known for being amazing hosts.”

File photo shows Australia’s Sam Kerr (L) vying for the ball against Brazil’s Rafaelle Carvalho Souzav during their friendly match in Penrith, Australia. PHOTO: AP