Sidney (Australia), Jun 26 (EFE) .- The Australian sports authorities predict progress in women’s sports thanks to the joint organization with New Zealand of the upcoming 2023 Women’s Soccer World Cup, which FIFA decided on Thursday.
“It is an opportunity that is rarely presented. The size of the event, the numbers of the audiences generated by (the last World Cup in) France (in 2019) and the type of investment that will make this possible. This is transformative,” he told the media Ros Moriarty, chair of the Women’s Football Council of the Australian Football Federation.
Meeting electronically, the FIFA Council yesterday endorsed the Australian and New Zealand project, the best rated in the previous evaluation report, which offers to expand women’s football throughout the Asia-Pacific region, on the candidacy presented by Colombia , after the previous withdrawal of Japan and Brazil.
Australian media publishers compare the importance of the future celebration of the 2023 World Cup with the celebration of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
“We have to tackle deep problems in the sport, such as giving more prominence to women, that they become sports leaders and come to occupy positions of responsibility in this sport, in addition to ensuring that these benefits reach the entire Asia-Pacific region “Moriarty said, who followed the vote held in the Australian dawn by videoconference.
“I think that when the conversation is no longer so marked by gender, people will realize that this is great for the whole sport and what football can offer to society,” said the president, assuring that the tournament it will leave a “deep and lasting legacy” to reshape women’s football and sport in Australia.
In the last four years, the federative records of players in Australia have grown 21 percent, according to the data of the Women’s Football Council, and Morianty predicts that, thanks to the World Cup, the number of players will multiply by two during the next decade.
New Zealand national team players Ali Riley and Hannah Wilkinson, among others, also expressed their joy through social media upon hearing the news.
“I will never forget this moment,” said defense Riley, who is currently a member of the Orlando Pride team in the United States, along with a photo of tears of happiness.
“We could not have done it without everyone’s votes, thank you very much everyone. Welcome football fans to the beautiful southern hemisphere,” said Wilkinson, forward of Sporting de Portugal, along with a video where they burst out with joy with two other teammates. national team.
The next Women’s World Cup will be the first to be held in two countries and will increase the number of teams from 24 to 32.