Thursday’s vote saw the winners edge out Colombia for the right to host the next edition of the tournament
Australia and New Zealand were awarded the tournament on Thursday, winning the vote 22-13 to earn the right to host what will be the first Women’s World Cup to feature 32 teams.
The combined bid was initially tagged as the favourite after earning a superior score from FIFA’s technical evaluation of the bids, with the Australia/New Zealand bid receiving a score of 4.1 out of five, with it “appearing to present the most commercially favourable proposition”, according to FIFA.
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— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 25, 2020
Colombia, meanwhile, was given a score of 2.8, with FIFA determining that there would need to be “a significant amount of investment and support from both local stakeholders and FIFA”.
The Colombian women’s program has come under fire in recent years, with national team speaking out about a lack of financial support, few camps and poor conditions from the federation.
However, a late swing from UEFA changed the bidding landscape, with voting members determining that the Women’s World Cup is a “development tournament”, the Guardian reported , while encouraging its representatives to back Colombia.
With Thursday’s announcement, Australia/New Zealand becomes the first two-country bid to be selected.
WE DID IT!
Australia and New Zealand have been granted the honour of hosting the @FIFAWWC 2023!
This landmark decision is a moment for everyone to celebrate #AsOne !
— AsOne2023 (@AsOne2023) June 25, 2020
The 2023 Women’s World Cup will be held in July and August of that year, while the qualifying process will begin in 2021 and end in 2022.