“We believe that our proven ability to deliver the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is a key strength of our bid,” Football Federation Australia chief Chris Nikou said.
“Our world-class infrastructure, modern stadia, high-quality football facilities in both Australia and New Zealand and major event hosting experience ensure certainty in delivering the first 32-team FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“From operational excellence, record-breaking crowds, commercial success, strong government support, a warm embrace from our 200 diverse cultures to a genuine profound legacy across the Asia-Pacific region, Australia-New Zealand offers certainty in uncertain times, as well as impact,” said Nikou.
New Zealand Football President Johanna Wood added: “Our proposal offers FIFA a ground-breaking approach to hosting its greatest women’s tournament. We are two nations from two confederations, united in proposing a historic and exciting step forward for world football.
“We will be a tournament of firsts. The first ever co-Confederation hosted FIFA World Cup, the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in the Asia-Pacific region, and the first ever to be held in the southern hemisphere.
In a statement accompanying its announcement, FIFA said it ”remains committed to implementing the most comprehensive, objective and transparent bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Following inspection visits to all bidding member associations, FIFA is now finalising the evaluation report, which will be published in early June on FIFA.com.
All eligible bids will be presented to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the winner through an open voting process, in which the result of each ballot and the related votes by will be made public.