Australia and New Zealand have earned the right to co-host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup after successfully winning the hosting rights.
With 35 FIFA council members voting between Columbia and the Australia-New Zealand co-host, it was Australia and New Zealand who came out on top with the majority vote, winning the bid 22-13.
Columbia gained all four votes from the CONMEBOL (South America) council members while also receiving all nine votes from UEFA (Europe).
But every other vote went the way of the Australia and New Zealand co-host in a monumental and historic day for both countries.
The tournament is expected to begin in June, 2023 and will be played in 13 stadiums across 12 host cities.
Melbourne’s AAMI Park will play host to a number of group stage matches, but in July, 2023, Sydney’s ANZ Stadium will play host to the final of the tournament.
Of the two bids, the Australia-New Zealand co-host was seen as the bid that was less of a risk on all fronts which ultimately prompted the win.
Australia began their bid in June 2017 in the hopes of getting the tournament on their lonesome, but with FIFA increasing the number of teams in the tournament, Australia decided to historically team up with New Zealand and bid to co-host the tournament.
Japan were heavy favourites to take out the initial bid, but they pulled out of the race which left Australia and New Zealand in a top spot to win the bid, which is exactly how it eventuated.