Australia, New Zealand unite for joint bid to host tournament

Australia and New Zealand on Friday formally launched their joint bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup which, if successful, is likely to see the opening game staged in New Zealand and the final in Australia.

The bid book will be submitted to FIFA over the weekend alongside the bids from several other candidates from Asia and Latin America, with Japan thought to be among the front runners in a field which could include Argentina, Colombia and Brazil.

This is the first joint federation bid to host the premier women’s soccer tournament in the world, and Australian and New Zealand officials are hoping that the two acting in unison under the “As One” theme will prove stronger than bidding separately.

Games will be played in Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Launceston, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Wellington.


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