Aussie and Kiwi soccer followers are celebrating after Australia and New Zealand received their joint bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
The successful Australia-New Zealand bid was introduced within the early hours of Friday morning, following a vote amongst FIFA delegates in favour of the be a part of bid 22-13.
“We did it! We are hosting the 2023 FIFAWWC!” Australia’s Matildas exclaimed on Twitter.
New Zealand’s Football Ferns additionally rejoiced on the information, tweeting: “Still awake and very, very excited in Auckland”.
The trans-Tasman bid was up towards Colombia, which was reportedly argued by UEFA, the highly effective ruling physique of European soccer, as the higher place to assist drive change for girls’s soccer.
But Australia and New Zealand acquired the best rating in FIFA’s technical analysis – incomes 4.1 out of 5 within the report in comparison with Colombia’s 2.8.
The joint bid was additionally thought of extra commercially profitable – a compelling issue for FIFA.
“The opportunity to play in a home FIFA Women’s World Cup is something every footballer dreams of and I am looking forward to seeing those dreams come true,” Matildas captain Samantha Kerr stated.
“Playing for the Matildas in Australia will be the highlight of my career and an opportunity to inspire girls, both in Australia and New Zealand, and all over the world to play football.
“We have seen great progress in the women’s game and Australia-New Zealand will take the game to a whole new level.”
Matildas teammate Hayley Raso stated she had “goosebumps”, whereas Kyah Simon stated it was a birthday she would always remember.
Former Socceroos star Tim Cahill additionally weighed in, describing the win as a “proud moment” and “amazing achievement”.
In New Zealand, Football Ferns captain Ali Riley shared an emotional photograph of herself on Twitter with tears in her eyes.
“To lead the Football Ferns in a home FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand will be truly special and inspire a new generation of Football Ferns,” she stated.
Bleary-eyed followers who stayed as much as watch the announcement described the information as “overwhelming”.
“Not often I’m awake and in tears at 2am, but this did it and these are happy tears,” one lady wrote on Twitter.
“In disbelief over how far we’ve come. From having to beg to be allowed to play a ‘boy’s sport’ to getting the 2023 FIFAWWC. This means everything and it’s almost overwhelming.”
“Unbelievable places, full of amazing people! This one will be epic. Congratulations … let the dreaming commence,” one other wrote.
The Sydney Opera House and Auckland’s Sky Tower have been lit up on Thursday to rejoice the joint bid.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino stated the 32-nation match can be the “biggest boost ever for women’s football.”
“We welcome that and I am sure we will have the best World Cup ever, in Australia and New Zealand.”
Mr Infantino stated antipodean report was too good for him to not award his vote to – regardless of the nine-strong UEFA contingent voting in favour of Colombia.
“It was a difficult decision for me,” he stated.
“I love Colombia and I am sure they would have been able to organise a fantastic tournament.
“But at the end of the day we have to look and analyse and look at the bids.
“FIFA in the past has been accused of not giving enough attention to the technical evaluation reports.
“But we have to show that these reports mean something or we are going to have to stop organising biddings.
“If that was not the case with the old FIFA well it won’t be with the new FIFA and I am very proud of that.”
It would be the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held within the Asia-Pacific area, and the primary ever to be held within the southern hemisphere.
– With wires