Turnbull backs Australian bid for 2023 Women's World Cup
AUSTRALIA has unveiled its bid to stage the 2023 Women's World Cup, with the backing of the Federal Government.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the country's history of successfully hosting major sporting events meant it was in a strong position to win the rights to host the tournament.
"We are recognised internationally for our sporting achievements and for showcasing some of the biggest sporting events in the world and, when we do, we do it triumphantly, we do it successfully, we do it to great acclaim," he said in officially launching the bid.
"The opportunity to host this event is significant, not just for the economic and tourism benefits it would bring, but for what it does for women's sport."
The Federal Government has pledged to provide $1 million in initial funding and a further $4 million if Australia was to be in the final running.
"This is the largest, most prestigious and most competitive contest in a women's sport globally," Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy said.
"We know that this will be a challenging process, but we believe that we have the expertise and world-class facilities to host a fantastic tournament."
The 2023 tournament will include 24 teams competing at venues across Australia in 52 matches. Canada held the last event in 2015 while France hosts the 2019 version.
Australia made a bid to host the men's World Cup in 2022 but secured just one vote. Qatar controversially won the right.