Football Federation Australia (FFA) today launched AusBid2023.com - the official website for Australians to #GetOnside and submit registrations of support for Australia's FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ Bid.
As part of the launch, Westfield Matildas stars Lisa De Vanna, Alanna Kennedy, Caitlin Foord and Chloe Logarzo joined FFA Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Gallop AM, at Sydney Harbour.
De Vanna, who has amassed a remarkable 142 caps and 45 goals for Australia since her debut in 2004, became the first Australian to submit her support for Australia’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ Bid via AusBid2023.com.
De Vanna urged all Australians to join her in pledging support for the Bid, and said that should Australia earn hosting rights for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ she’s sure the tournament would leave a lasting legacy for the nation and football.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup™ is the biggest women’s sporting event in the world, and I am excited that Australia is bidding to host it,” De Vanna said.
“I have played in three FIFA Women’s World Cups and am aiming to play in a fourth next year in France. I might not be on the pitch in 2023, but I know a FIFA Women’s World Cup™ would change the game in Australia and be an incredible experience for many current and future Matildas.
“To help us make this happen we need all of Australia to get onside and join our team at AusBid2023.com,” she said.
FFA CEO Gallop echoed De Vanna’s sentiments and said that hosting a FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia would be a great choice by FIFA.
“Demonstrating to FIFA that Australia’s Bid has the support of the nation is extremely important,” Gallop said. “We want FIFA to know that Australia has passionate football fans and will warmly welcome the world’s biggest, and most prestigious, women’s sporting event to our shores.”
“Hosting a FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia would also deliver significant economic and social benefits to our nation, increase the commercial value of football in Australia and globally, and elevate the FIFA Women’s World Cup to new heights.
“Australia has a strong track record of hosting major international sporting events including the AFC Asian Cup and the Olympics, and we can assure FIFA that Australia would be a great host.
“Our Bid has the backing of the Federal Government, and thanks to their support we are well advanced in our planning and ready for the formal process to commence,” he said.
Australians can #GetOnside with Australia’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ Bid today at AusBid2023.com.