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SportSoccer bosses bank on Matildas' success for 2023 Women's World Cup bid

11:35  18 june  2019
11:35  18 june  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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The Australia FIFA Women ' s World Cup 2023 bid is a bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women ' s World Cup by Football Federation Australia (FFA), officially launched on 29 October 2018.

The 2023 FIFA Women ' s World Cup bidding process will result in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) selecting the host for the 2023 FIFA Women ' s World Cup .

Soccer bosses bank on Matildas' success for 2023 Women's World Cup bid© EPA Sam Kerr in the stunning victory against Brazil.

The popularity of the Matildas and Australia's ethnic diversity are being used to spruik the nation's credentials to host the next Women's World Cup in 2023, with Football Federation Australia chiefs lobbying hard behind the scenes in France to gain support for their bid.

Television audiences for World Cup games in France and around the world have so far exceeded expectations, and the Matildas, in particular, have demonstrated their power as a drawcard.

More than half a million Australians were reported to have watched the Matildas' opening game, a disappointing 2-1 loss to Italy, at the viewer-friendly time of 9pm on a Sunday night. Figures published by audience analyst sites TV Tonight and TV Blackbox suggested 570,000 people in cities and regional areas watched the match on SBS, with many more streaming on Optus.

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The 2023 FIFA Women ' s World Cup will be the 9th edition of the FIFA Women ' s World Cup , the quadrennial international women ' s football championship contested by the national teams of the

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On the same night, according to the analysts, 444,000 watched the first session of the Australian men's cricket team's World Cup match against India free-to-air on 9Gem in Australia, while a further 246,000 tuned into the cricket that night on Fox Sports. Channel Nine owns The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

The opening soccer World Cup game between hosts France and South Korea was the most watched women's match ever in France with 9.83 million viewers while the England v Scotland game that same weekend attracted 6.1 million viewers in the UK.

Those numbers are just one of the reasons the FFA is keen to win the bid for 2023.

Mark Falvo, the head of corporate strategy, international & government relations for the organisation, is in France promoting Australia's bid, as is chief executive David Gallop.

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Hosting the Women ’ s World Cup could have an immense societal impact not just here in Australia, but in the surrounding [Asia Australia is up against some tough competitors in the Women ’ s World Cup bid . “ Women ’ s football is booming in Australia, and the Matildas have been a tremendous success .

Bid launched as FFA chief executive David Gallop says he is confident the Matildas can enjoy a deep run at this year’ s tournament.

Falvo has been in Valenciennes, Montpellier and Grenoble with the Matildas but will miss the team's final group stage game with Jamaica because he is travelling to Paris for meetings with FIFA.

His mission is to learn more about exactly how the game's governing body wants their showcase women's tournament staged in the future, and to garner support from nations inclined to support Australia's bid in what is sure to be a closely contested race.

''There are workshops over the next couple of days for all of the bidding nations involved in the campaign to host WWC 2023. FIFA will be providing more in-depth information for the bidders on their requirements, on things like broadcasting, training venues, hotels, infrastructure, travel, logistics," Falvo said.

''It's also a chance for us to ask questions and to find out exactly what they want. For us it's going to be really useful to see if things they have learned from previous tournaments, especially here in France, will be implemented."

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The FIFA Women ' s World Cup is an international football competition contested by the senior women ' s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

The 2015 World Cup in Canada attracted an audience of over 760 million people, providing Australia strong economic incentives to host the game. "Wouldn't it be fantastic, to have the Matildas contesting a Womens World Cup on home soil here in Australia? And I'm excited to announce that

Bidders for the 2023 tournament include two more from FIFA's Asian (AFC) region, South Korea and Japan. Also bidding are New Zealand, South Africa, and several countries from South America - Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Bolivia.

No European nation is bidding as the latest edition is being staged in France while North America held the 2015 tournament in Canada.

'There's a ranking process where nation's get scored, the bid books will be submitted and inspections carried out," Falvo said.

He believes the diversity of Australia's population, the popularity of the Matildas and the successful example of the Asian Cup, which Australia hosted and won in 2015, are all powerful arguments in the country's favour.

'The Matildas are one of Australia's most loved teams and their performances in recent times, here and in previous games, have continued to elevate the team and their status in the national psyche and also overseas.

''We would expect them to be very competitive at home were we to host the 2023 tournament and that is an important factor. We are seeing here in France how vital it is for the host nation to do well to build support for the tournament,'' Falvo said.

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The 2023 Women ’ s World Cup is the next available iteration of the tournament up for grabs. Australia’s bid to host the women ’ s tournament will mark a more cautious approach than the federation’s The Australian soccer federation said the tournament would be a big economic boost.

THE Matildas ’ stunning form, the rise of gender equality and soccer ’s global charm means a perfect storm is brewing for Australia to host a booming 2023 Women ’ s World Cup . Matildas coach Alen Stajcic said hosting a World Cup , and better still winning it would be a turning point for the entire sport.

''We saw during the Asian Cup how we were able to attract communities from so many different nationalities who came along to support their teams and create a great atmosphere. I am sure the Women's World Cup would do something similar. ''

Australia's bid for the 2022 men's World Cup went horribly wrong, with a slew of unsavoury allegations about the lobbyists the then Frank Lowy led-FFA had used, money being questionably diverted to individuals believed to have more influence than they turned out to have, the failure to attract more than a single vote in support for Australia and the waste of $45 million worth of taxpayers dollars.

FFA is determined that this time things will be different.

In the end 32 members of FIFA's council will vote on who wins, but, says Falvo, the whole process will be much more transparent as they must publicly reveal who they voted for and why.

The challenge for Falvo, Gallop and all those involved in prosecuting the bid is not just to convince FIFA members that Australia would be an excellent choice.

''Our purpose at this point is not just putting together the best possible bid, but convincing government at all levels to support it and show them the benefits to the nation of hosting such a major global tournament. There is still a lot of work to be done there.''

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AUSTRALIA will bid to bring the 2023 women ’ s World Cup here after the success of the Asian Cup spurred football chiefs to contemplate bidding for further big tournaments. The Matildas have enjoyed international success already, here at the 2011 women ’ s World Cup .Source:Supplied.

Australia's bid for the 2023 FIFA Women ' s World Cup has been handed a boost after the country's Government agreed to provide a further AUD million (£2.3 million/.1 million/€2.5 million) of funding. The additional money has been released as the Australian Government are confident the bid has a

The bid books are due to be handed to FIFA in late this year. Site visits are scheduled for November and December with a decision in March 2020.

There has been years of criticism in Australia over the way the last bid was promoted and the amount of money spent for such little return.

Falvo says he is confident that things will be different this time.

There are no outside consultants and, he says ''FIFA have taken steps to improve the transparency of the whole process.''

Former Matilda Sarah Walsh, who is working in France for SBS, is delighted to witness first hand the buzz that is beginning to grow around the women's tournament.

She is hopeful that something similar might happen in Australia if such an event comes there.

''At a time when we are looking to increase investment into the game, a Women’s World Cup on home soil would no doubt strengthen public and commercial interest in football more broadly,'' she says.

''The social impact would also be enormous, full stadiums and massive viewership numbers would go a long way towards increasing the exposure of women’s football in Australia. ''

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