Australia, New Zealand promise record crowds of more than 1.5 million if awarded 2023 Women's World Cup

Australia and New Zealand would deliver the highest-attended women’s football World Cup in 2023, with projections of more than 1.5 million spectators and an average crowd of 24,000 if they are awarded the tournament, officials said.

Reuters December 17, 2019 10:22:38 IST
Australia, New Zealand promise record crowds of more than 1.5 million if awarded 2023 Women's World Cup
  • The trans-Tasman neighbours last week launched a joint bid backed by both governments to bring the tournament to the southern hemisphere for the first time in 2023

  • Their official bid book was presented to world governing body FIFA last Friday

  • Brazil, Colombia and Japan also submitted formal bids to host the tournament, the first to feature 32 teams

Sydney: Australia and New Zealand would deliver the highest-attended women’s football World Cup in 2023, with projections of more than 1.5 million spectators and an average crowd of 24,000 if they are awarded the tournament, officials said on Tuesday.

The trans-Tasman neighbours last week launched a joint bid backed by both governments to bring the tournament to the southern hemisphere for the first time in 2023.

Australia New Zealand promise record crowds of more than 15 million if awarded 2023 Womens World Cup

File image of Australian women's football team. Reuters

Their official bid book was presented to world governing body FIFA last Friday.

Brazil, Colombia and Japan also submitted formal bids to host the tournament, the first to feature 32 teams.

This year’s 24-team World Cup in France, won by the United States, set records for attendance and attracted unprecedented viewing figures on television.

Average attendance in France was about 23,500, with the final in Lyon attracting 57,900. The 2015 tournament in Canada sold a record total of 1.35 million tickets.

New Zealand Football President Johanna Wood said their bid, which is marketed with the tag-line ‘As One’, was also built on providing a legacy for football in both countries and throughout the South Pacific.

“Moving the dial for women’s football across our confederations and beyond sits at the very heart of our vision for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, as well as leading the way for gender equity and creating strong role models for women in leadership,” Wood said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We stand ready As One to deliver FIFA the most successful Women’s World Cup ever, a ground-breaking tournament whose impact will reverberate across the globe.”

The pool phase for the joint Australasian bid would be split evenly with four groups in each country.

Auckland’s Eden Park, the site of two men’s rugby World Cup finals, would host the opening ceremony and first match.

Australia, with its bigger stadia, would then host the majority of the knockout matches with five of the eight second round games, three quarter-finals, one semi-final and the playoff for third.

Sydney’s redeveloped Olympic Stadium, with a capacity of 70,000, would be the venue for the final.

The Australasian bid is the first that crosses the boundaries of FIFA’s six confederations. Australia realigned with the Asian confederation in early 2006, while New Zealand remained in the much smaller Oceania region.

The 2023 hosts will be decided by FIFA next year.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

I-League 2020-21: Mohammedan Sporting aim for full points against RoundGlass Punjab
Sports

I-League 2020-21: Mohammedan Sporting aim for full points against RoundGlass Punjab

Mohammedan SC will be looking for their second win of the season when they take on RoundGlass Punjab.

ISL 2020-21: Steadfast ATK Mohun Bagan hope to halt Goa's charge up the title race
Sports

ISL 2020-21: Steadfast ATK Mohun Bagan hope to halt Goa's charge up the title race

FC Goa will have the chance to move into second spot on the Indian Super League table when they face ATK Mohun Bagan, the current occupants of that slot, in a much-anticipated match on Sunday.

ISL 2020-21: Confident Mumbai City aim to continue momentum against determined Hyderabad
Sports

ISL 2020-21: Confident Mumbai City aim to continue momentum against determined Hyderabad

Mumbai City have managed to record eight wins in 10 games and collect 25 points, to sit on top of the table.