FFV Welcomes FIFA Women’s World Cup Bid Announcement

Australia Bidding For 2023 Tournament

Football Federation Victoria (FFV) welcomes today’s announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Australia will bid to host the world’s largest and most prestigious women’s sporting event – the FIFA Women’s World Cup - in 2023.

The most recent FIFA Women’s World Cup, in Canada in 2015, saw a total match attendance of 1.35 million and a global television audience of 764 million with more than 80 million viewers in China and more than 60 million viewers in the United States.

FFV President Kimon Taliadoros was extremely pleased with today's announcement and shared his genuine excitement for the world game in Australia.

“We are talking about hosting the world’s largest and most prestigious tournament in women’s sport. The tournament would leave a tremendous legacy on the women’s game in Australia, particularly here in Victoria as one of the potential host locations.”

Today's announcement also provides an opportunity for FFV to reaffirm its commitment to ‘Change Our Game’ – an initiative by the Victorian Government to improve equality in sport and active recreation including through delivering female-friendly built environments and showcasing female pathways and opportunities through role models.

"FFV’s tireless work in elevating women in sport and improving gender equality through football has ensured that over the last two years alone, Victoria has nurtured a 29 per cent increase in girls who participate in our MiniRoos age groups. We can inspire many more thousands of young girls across Australia who dream of becoming their heroes, our next generation of Matildas,” Mr Taliadoros said.

Earlier this year, FFV and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) joined forces on the back of the PFA’s release of the Grassroots to Greatness Roadmap for Women’s Football.

Both FFV and PFA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to power women’s football to a new level and advance the interests of the women’s game through various initiatives such as building an integrated career path for Victorian girls that links grassroots, the Westfield W-League and international football at club and national team level.

Speaking after today’s announcement, PFA Player Relations Executive Kathryn Gill said hosting the World Cup would be an historic moment for the sport.

“The women’s game has reached the point of being the largest participation sport for young girls. The Matildas are amongst the very best teams in world football and the W-League has the capacity to be a leading competition, both domestically and internationally.

“If we are to begin to leverage these strengths, and the many other competitive advantages of football, we must be bold in our ambitions for the sport. The women’s game must be a priority and today’s announcement illustrates the capacity of it to turbocharge Australian football.”

Catering for the growth of football requires stronger collaboration with all levels of government. FFV therefore welcomes the Australian Federal Government’s announcement to provide financial support to FFA in the form of initial funding to the value of $1 million with the balance of $4m to be granted following fulfilment of designated criteria and milestones.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is the ultimate competition in women’s football and is held every four years. The last tournament was held in Canada in 2015 and the next will be held in 2019 in France.

The Matildas, who are currently ranked 8th in the world and have been ranked as high as 5th, would have a real chance of winning the coveted trophy on home soil.

The 2023 tournament would see 24 teams compete over 52 matches, hosted across a number of locations.

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