Victorian Government backs Australia’s FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Bid

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today thanked and congratulated the Victorian Government for its support of Australia’s bid to host the FIFA Women’s World CupTM in 2023.

The Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Mr Martin Pakula, made the announcement at AAMI Park in Melbourne, one of the proposed venues slated to host Women’s World Cup matches in the bid being submitted to FIFA next month.

“Melbourne loves putting on a show and the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ is as big as it gets in women’s sport,” Minister Pakula said.

Major events and sport are synonymous with Victoria – we are proud to be playing our role with Football Federation Australia in the bid to win the rights to host what will be an amazing month on the global calendar.

FFA Chairman Mr Chris Nikou was delighted with the Government’s decision to get onside with the Women’s World Cup bid.

“Victoria is a world leader in delivering major sporting tournaments and it makes perfect sense that they are part of our bid to host the world’s largest women’s sporting event here in Australia,” Mr Nikou said.

“Our bid for the FIFA Women’s World CupTM in 2023 is set to have huge economic benefits for the nation, and profound social impacts in communities across the country.

“Just as importantly, the opportunity to secure a lasting legacy for women’s sport in growing participation, building facilities, driving greater opportunities for women to be leaders in the game and building pathways for the next generation of Westfield Matildas will last for generations.

“I congratulate the Minister and his Government for joining us in partnership to deliver the best World Cup women’s football has seen. We are excited about submitting a compelling bid to FIFA and hosting a World Cup that fans and players will never forget.

“Victoria and its passion for football are very much at the heart of our bid,” Mr Nikou concluded.

Australians are encouraged to show their support for the bid by registering to #GetOnside at