Main gamers from Westfield Matildas and Soccer Ferns have thrown their help behind the choice for Australia and New Zealand to Bid ‘As One’ to host the FIFA Girls’s World Cup™ in Asia-Pacific in 2023.
Australia’s Sam Kerr and New Zealand’s Rosie White each consider that the event would supply profound advantages for the sport, with girls’s soccer in Asia and Oceania receiving important sporting and business funding and curiosity ought to the nations obtain the twin proper to host FIFA’s world girls’s showpiece.
“Internet hosting the FIFA Girls’s World Cup™ in Australia could be a dream come true for me,” mentioned Kerr, who scored 5 objectives in 4 video games at this 12 months’s FIFA Girls’s World Cup™ in France.
“There’s a lot untapped potential, not simply in Australia however proper throughout Asia and the Pacific area, that I actually do consider we’d supply one thing extremely particular to FIFA.
“I actually consider that Australia and New Zealand could be unimaginable hosts to take the sport ahead.
“Additionally it is becoming that New Zealand was the Matildas’ first full worldwide opponent 40 years in the past and now we’re partnering in a Bid to host the most important girls’s sporting event on the planet,” she mentioned.
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White, who has represented New Zealand at three senior Girls’s World Cups in addition to at U-17 and U-20 Girls’s World Cups, mentioned internet hosting the event in Asia-Pacific could be a sport changer for girls’s soccer.
“If New Zealand and Australia have been to host a World Cup it might change soccer in area perpetually,” White mentioned.
“I had a style for it with the U-17 Girls’s World Cup (in New Zealand) in 2008 and that’s, nonetheless to this present day, one in every of my favorite reminiscences.
“I couldn’t consider a greater alternative than internet hosting a World Cup to assist girls’s soccer skyrocket in New Zealand – to encourage the following generations and drive funding into our sport.
“New Zealand could be a tremendous host for the World Cup – not solely are we a vastly well-liked vacation spot for vacationers, however we all know we will placed on a present. New Zealanders are improbable at banding collectively and getting issues finished, we’re recognized for being wonderful hosts,” she mentioned.
Australia’s and New Zealand’s girls’s nationwide soccer groups have been represented at right this moment’s historic co-confederation Bid launch by Steph Catley (Australia) and Rebekah Stott (New Zealand). Catley and Stott are teammates in Australia’s Westfield W-League with Melbourne Metropolis FC.
Affirmation of the ‘As One’ FIFA Girls’s World Cup™ Bid was made at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Friday morning simply hours earlier than the Official Bid Guide was to be submitted to FIFA at their world headquarters in Zurich.
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