- WA Government backs Australia's bid to host 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup
- Perth to host Socceroos World Cup qualifier matches in 2020 and 2021
- Matches would bring significant visitor numbers to WA and boost the local economy
The McGowan Government has thrown its support behind Australia's bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, the ultimate competition in international women's football.
Today, at the home of Sam Kerr's junior club in Perth, Premier Mark McGowan confirmed that Western Australia had signed up to be part of Australia's bid, and announced the State would also host Australia's men's team, the Socceroos, for at least two matches in 2020 and 2021.
The FIFA Women's World Cup, held every four years, will bring together the top 32 women's football nations of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The teams will play 64 games over a five-week period in July and August in 2023.
A successful Australian bid would be a coup for Western Australia, drawing a significant number of visitors to the State and providing extensive international media exposure.
Almost 59 million people watched Brazil's last-16 game against hosts France in this year's World Cup, making it the most watched women's football match of all time. The total tournament broadcast audience for France 2019 was estimated at one billion.
If the bid is successful, WA games will be held at Perth's rectangular stadium which has the capacity to host 20,500 people at sporting events.
The appointment of a host country is expected in May 2020.
The State Government is also partnering with Football Federation Australia (FFA) to host two FIFA Men's World Cup Qualifier matches in Perth in 2020 and 2021.
This will include the Round 2 Socceroos' qualifying match against Kuwait, to be held at Perth's rectangular stadium on March 26, 2020, as well as Round 3 - the final round of qualifiers - in 2021, possibly at Optus Stadium.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"The WA Government is very excited at the prospect of being part of the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023.
"Sam Kerr - the best player in the world - was born and bred in Perth, so it makes sense for Perth to be a host city if Australia's bid is successful.
"We have also partnered with FFA to secure at least two Socceroos games in Perth, including two guaranteed World Cup qualifiers next year and in 2021.
"The benefits to our State will be significant, in terms of having a major economic impact on and providing a massive increase in exposure to the rest of the world."
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"A Women's World Cup in Australia would give us the opportunity, as one of the host cities, to show the world what Perth is made of, and how much it has transformed over recent years.
"And hosting the Socceroos in two Asian World Cup qualifying matches would be a great drawcard for attracting visitors from neighbouring countries, boosting tourism figures in the State.
"Hosting major events at our world-class stadiums brings significant benefits to WA and is a key focus of the State Government."
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"Women's football is enjoying a remarkable period of growth and exposure around the world, and we are keen to host the world's best on the biggest stage there is.
"More Western Australian women and girls are playing the round ball game than ever, and what an inspiration a local World Cup would be for young players dreaming of reaching the top level."
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