Sydney FC Hails "Pivotal" FIFA World Cup Success

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.”

Scott Barlow
Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow

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.”

Teresa Polias Westfield W-League Trophy
Teresa Polias With The Westfield W-League Trophy

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.