Australia and New Zealand have been successful in their historic joint bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Key points: The joint Australia-New Zealand bid won 22 of the 35 votes from the FIFA Council The trans-Tasman bid was favourite to win after being awarded a strong capability score Sydney’s Stadium Australia is expected to host the final The trans-Tasman bid beat out that of Colombia by 22 votes to 13 at the FIFA Council meeting in Zurich early this morning. The tournament will be the first co-confederation-hosted FIFA World Cup (Australia, being part of the Asian football confederation and New Zealand a member of the Oceanic branch), as well as the first FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in the Asia-Pacific region. After previous bidders Japan and Brazil each pulled out of the race in recent days, Australia and New Zealand were up against Colombia alone. Loading Twitter content The joint bid was favourite to win after the technical audit scores were released at the beginning of June, which indicated the capability of a country to host the large-scale event. Australia received a score of 4.1 out of five, and Colombia a 2.8 . Colombia, which… Read full this story
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