Sydney FC has hailed Australia and New Zealand’s winning FIFA Women’s World CupTM bid as a landmark moment for football in this country.
The 2023 tournament is predicted to be the largest FIFA Women’s World Cup ever hosted and will be a catalyst for football’s future development across the region.
Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow believes the successful bid will have major ramifications for the game.
“This is a pivotal day for football in this country,” he said.
“A football World Cup here on home soil; the implications are enormous.
“This will propel the game forward like never before. It will unite the seven million football fans across the country and inspire a whole new generation of boys and girls to love our game.
“Congratulations to the FFA on running such a compelling bid.”
Sky Blues captain and Matildas’ midfielder Teresa Polias is delighted with the decision and says it marks a watershed for football.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic Australia is going to host the Women’s World Cup,” she said.
“This is a huge moment and an opportunity to create a lasting legacy for our game in this country.
“It’s going to provide so many opportunities for people, especially women and girls, who love the game and I hope it will have a long-term social impact for the whole Australian community.
“Well done to everyone who worked on the bid, the next three years are going to be very exciting.”
Sydney FC’s Young Matildas star Taylor Ray celebrated the news at home this morning and hopes to be a part of the tournament in three years.
“I’m thrilled that we won the bid,” said the 19-year old.
“It really is a massive achievement for everyone involved and I’m so excited about what’s in store for our game over the next three years.
“There’s still a long way to go and I’d love to be involved in a Matildas squad playing in a home World Cup.
“As a football fan, just being part of a Women’s World Cup held in Australia is going to be amazing as well.”
It is the first time Australia has hosted a senior FIFA World Cup tournament and it’s expected to bring significant economic and social benefit to the country.