Australia and New Zealand have been named as the hosts of the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup after beating Colombia in the bid.
On Thursday, in the vote by the FIFA Council, Australia and New Zealand beat Colombia 22-13 to host the tournament which is being expanded to 32 teams.
Japan pulled out on Monday after they were ranked below the joint bid by the world governing body FIFA’s evaluation report.
Australia and New Zealand both have considerable experience when it comes to hosting major international sporting events.
Notably, Australia hosted the men’s Asian Cup in 2015, with New Zealand hosting the men’s under-20 World Cup in the same year.
In addition, Australia has hosted the Summer Olympics twice, in Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.
Both countries have recently hosted the men’s Rugby World Cup having also jointly organised the first edition of that competition in 1987.
They also jointly staged the 1992 and 2015 Cricket World Cups.
Australia are seventh in the current Fifa women’s world rankings, but the Matildas have never been beyond the quarter-finals at the World Cup and lost on penalties to Norway in the last 16 last years.
New Zealand’s “Football Ferns” have never been beyond the group stage and in 2023 will be hoping to win a game at the finals for the first time.
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