WE finally have some good news to come out of 2020.
It has officially been confirmed that Australia and New Zealand have won the right to jointly host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
The Trans-Tasman bid received 22 of the 35 valid votes from the FIFA Council to beat Columbia for the rights.
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It will take place across 12 cities in Australia and New Zealand between July and August in 2023., with the opening match to be played at Eden Park in Auckland and the final in Sydney.
Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle, Launceston will also host games in Australia.
Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Dunedin will also host New Zealand fixtures.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said the two countries are the perfect hosts.
“There will 32 countries unlike in France where we had 24 which means when you qualify for this event it is the biggest boost ever for women’s football,” said Infantino.
“We welcome that and I am sure we will have the best World Cup ever, in Australia and New Zealand.”
"The host of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 will be…. Australia & New Zealand!!"
— Westfield Matildas (@TheMatildas) June 25, 2020
Infantino said the evaluation report put together by the two countries was “really well prepared” and ultimately made it impossible to pick anyone else.
The report scored 4.1 out of five and bettered the South Americans, who scored 2.9, in every criteria. They include stadiums, team and referee facilities, accommodation, International Broadcast Centre, competition-related event sites and commercial.
“It was a difficult decision for me,” Infantino said.
“I love Colombia and I am sure they would have been able to organise a fantastic tournament.
“But at the end of the day we have to look and analyse and look at the bids.
“FIFA in the past has been accused of not giving enough attention to the technical evaluation reports.
“But we have to show that these reports mean something or we are going to have to stop organising biddings.
“If that was not the case with the old FIFA well it won’t be with the new FIFA and I am very proud of that.”
— Football Federation Australia (@FFA) June 25, 2020