It’s finally official!
The FIFA Women’s World Cup of 2023 will be held in Australia and New Zealand, after the joint bid won in the voting process that was held by the FIFA Council in Zurich.
The announcement was made in the early morning hours of Friday (Australia time), yet that didn’t stop people from gathering at the Football Federation of Australia head offices in Sydney to watch the procedure take place, only to break out in cheers after FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced the results of the vote.
Many people from both nations, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Australian Federal Minister of Sport Marise Payne, FFA President Chris Nikou and others shared the opinion that this decision will allow sport to grow in the region through posts on their social media profiles.
Meanwhile, the sails of the Sydney Opera House donned the green and gold of the Matildas in support of the announcement, while the Sky Tower in Auckland was also lit up ti celebrate the occasion.
It’s worth pointing out however, that among the 35 FIFA Council members that participated in the vote, none of the UEFA (European Football Confederation) members (including the Cypriot Federation President Georgios Koumas) supported the Australian/New Zealand bid, opting instead for Colombia.