In just a few days the host country of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be announced. With just Australia/New Zealand and Colombia remaining after Brazil dropped out in recent weeks and Japan withdrew with days remaining, our local bid remains the favourite.
Recently FIFA released their Bid Evaluation Report, with Australia/New Zealand earning a 4.1 out of 5 to lead Japan (3.9) and Colombia (2.8), which has only fuelled the excitement at home for what this week’s announcement may bring.
Noted women’s football writer Samantha Lewis shared what this bid means to Australia and New Zealand for Siren, and reminds us that the bid enforces the fact that “women’s sport has a far greater role to play off the field than it does on it”.
Locally, winning this bid would back up a number of hugely positive years of growth in women’s sport. In 2017 the inaugural AFLW game broke the record for a standalone women’s sporting event in Australia, excluding the Olympics. This was broken again in 2018 with an AFLW match between Fremantle and Collingwood at Optus Stadium, then yet again by the 2019 AFLW grand final at Adelaide Oval. That 53,034 crowd was then smashed this year by the Women’s T20 World Cup final between Australia and India, appropriately held on International Women’s Day. That crowd of 86,174 is not only the new local record, but also now the record for women’s cricket globally. Off the back of this, Australia will host the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in 2022. If the joint Australia/New Zealand bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup the following year is successful, it will continue an incredible couple of years for women’s sport. And who knows, perhaps a new record too!
Witness the historic announcement on Friday June 26th on FIFA.com at 2AM AEST or 4AM NZST and join in the conversation on twitter with #AsOne.