Thursday looms as D-day for the Australian cities vying to host FIFA’s 2023 Women’s World Cup matches.
Australia and New Zealand will jointly host the first 32-nation showpiece event for women’s soccer.
“Thursday’s announcement represents a major milestone on the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023,” said Football Australia CEO James Johnson.
“Regardless of which cities and stadiums are ultimately selected, Football Australia is committed to ensuring that the tournament reaches fans in every corner and community of the country and leaves a legacy for future generations of Australians to enjoy.
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⏰ Europe: Weds 31 March (evening)
⏰ Australia & New Zealand: Thurs 1 April (early AM)
— FIFA Women's World Cup (@FIFAWWC) March 30, 2021
“Through promotional and legacy events, fan festivals, community activities and pre-tournament matches, alongside FIFA and together with our counterparts in New Zealand, we will deliver a tournament that embodies our passion for football, unites the nation, and leaves a profound and enduring legacy for football in Australia.”
Nine stadiums were used in France for the 2019 World Cup but with a record number of matches to be played in 2023, Johnson said they were hopeful of having a strong presence in the final selection.
The announcement of the host cities and stadiums will be made by FIFA early Thursday morning (AEDT).
FIFA are also yet to confirm details of other locations, such as team training bases across the country which will be heavily involved in the tournament.
Adelaide – Hindmarsh Stadium
Auckland – Eden Park
Brisbane – Brisbane Stadium
Christchurch – Christchurch Stadium
Dunedin – Dunedin Stadium
Hamilton – Waikato Stadium
Launceston – York Park
Melbourne – Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Newcastle – Newcastle Stadium
Perth – Perth Rectangular Stadium
Sydney – Stadium Australia and Sydney Football Stadium
Wellington – Wellington Stadium.