Football Federation Australia (FFA) and New Zealand Football (NZF) have unveiled their vision to host the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in the Asia-Pacific region in 2023, in what would also be the first-ever co-confederation hosted FIFA World Cup ever.
The plans, which would see the tournament’s opening game take place in Auckland’s Eden Park, with Sydney’s 70,000 capacity redeveloped Stadium Australia hosting the final, were unveiled following the submission of bid books to FIFA last week.
A minimum of five stadiums in each country would host the tournament with up to 100 training sites available to competing teams across the two nations.
As part of its plan to host a ground-breaking FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Australia New Zealand bid is also promising to break attendance levels for the tournament, and leave a profound legacy in capacity building through the 2023 Female Leadership Development Program across the Asia-Pacific region.
Commenting on the joint bid, Johanna Wood, President of New Zealand Football and FIFA Council member said “Our hosting concept will put the greatest players in the women’s game at the center of everything we do to ensure they can perform at their very best.
“Every aspect of the tournament will be technically excellent with our world-class infrastructure, effortless and exceptional delivery style, and decades-long experience of hosting major events. That’s why we believe we can guarantee FIFA a tournament like no other.
“Moving the dial for women’s football across our confederations and beyond sits at the very heart of our vision for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, as well as leading the way for gender equity and creating strong role models for women in leadership. We stand ready As One to deliver FIFA the most successful Women’s World Cup ever, a ground-breaking tournament whose impact will reverberate across the globe,” Wood added.
Subject to FIFA’s final approval, highlights of the Australia New Zealand tournament hosting concept include:
Ø A minimum of five stadiums in each host country, located along Australia’s coastline and across New Zealand – up to 13 stadiums in 12 host cities
Ø Ensuring record attendance of 1.5 million, averaging 24,000 fans at each game
Ø Ticket prices starting at just $5 with all match tickets priced below $90
Ø Official opening match and ceremony at Auckland’s Eden Park, while a standalone match on Day 2 will inaugurate the tournament in Australia
Ø Four groups will be located in each country during the Group Stage
Ø The Group Stage would be evenly split, while Australia will host five of eight Round of 16 matches, three of four Quarter-Finals, a Semi-Final, the 3rd Place Play-Off and Final
Ø The Aotea Centre or the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland as the potential venue for the 2023 FWWC draw
Ø Primary International Broadcast Centre located at Sydney Olympic Park; secondary IBC at New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland
Ø Innovative match scheduling to deliver broadcast content in windows that work for established football markets in Europe, Africa and the Americas
Ø Earmarking the development of an International Centre for Women’s Football in Australia, serving the Asia-Pacific region through elite training and playing opportunities
Ø During the Group Stage, team travel distances will be minimised by clustering 4 groups in each individual country. From the Round of 16, travel between Australia and New Zealand would take place from the east coast of Australia only