Australia officially announced on Tuesday that it will bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Australia is currently ranked No. 8 in the world. If Australia wins its bid, it would be the first time the tournament is held in the Southern Hemisphere and the first to be held outside North America, Europe or Asia.
“This is the largest, most prestigious and most competitive contest in a women’s sport globally,” Football Federation Australia Chairman Steven Lowy said at the announcement. “We want to win the right to host it and then win the tournament itself.”
“This bid will help us increase the exposure of women’s football in Australia. It’ll raise it’s profile even more,” Australia Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull said.
— Sky News Sport (@SkyNewsSport) June 13, 2017
There are currently eight Australian players in the NWSL: Lydia Williams (Houston Dash), Laura Alleway, Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Ashleigh Sykes, Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns FC), Larissa Crummer (Seattle Reign FC) and Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC).
The players took to Twitter to share their support for the bid.
— Lydia Williams (@lydsaussie) June 13, 2017
Perth?! Great news! ?? https://t.co/4kN1mOx7yF
— Sam Kerr (@samkerr1) June 13, 2017
— Hayley Raso (@HayleyRaso) June 13, 2017
The next FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in 2019 in France. The other countries that have hosted the tournament are China (1991, 2007), Sweden (1995), the United States (1999, 2003), Germany (2011) and Canada (2015).