25 June 2020

SCG welcomes women’s World Cup announcement

The Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds has welcomed the news that Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

It forms a landmark decision by the FIFA Council, which will see the two countries host a tournament of firsts ─ the first ever co-confederation hosted FIFA World Cup, the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup™ to be held in the Asia-Pacific region, and the first ever to be held in the southern hemisphere.   

A player-centric tournament, Australia-New Zealand promises to deliver record-breaking crowds and long-term participation growth, bringing football together As One to celebrate the women’s game.

Matildas’ captain, Sam Kerr, believes a home FIFA Women’s World Cup™ is an opportunity to inspire a new generation of young Matildas to play football:

“The opportunity to play in a home FIFA Women’s World Cup is something every footballer dreams of and I am looking forward to seeing those dreams come true.

“Playing for the Matildas in Australia will be the highlight of my career and an opportunity to inspire girls, both in Australia and New Zealand, and all over the world to play football. We have seen great progress in the women’s game and Australia-New Zealand will take the game to a whole new level.”

The tournament will deliver tremendous value for the sporting public of Australia and the Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds looks forward to working with the FFA and Government, together with many other venues across the country to make the 2023 event a success.

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