Sport Comment: Fresh World Cup bid is a worthwhile goal

17:45  16 february  2020
17:45  16 february  2020 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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It’s been almost a decade since Australia received just one vote for its $46 million bid for the 2022 soccer World Cup. Few Australians have forgotten, even fewer have forgiven. But with the passage of time Australia must move on or it risks becoming an outpost of the global game. FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, has changed.

So has the game.

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Football Federation Australia and Football New Zealand’s joint bid has much to commend it. The pitch, in the form of a bid book, is not just pretty harbours and sunny winter skies. It has women’s and girls’ soccer at its heart.

We have watched the Matildas over the past fortnight move to the final stage of qualification for the Tokyo Olympics. As difficult as qualifying for major tournaments has become for Australia as part of Asia, it has allowed a new Oceania champion to rise and flourish. It is to our bid’s advantage that New Zealand’s Football Ferns have been much more visible on the world stage.

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The joint pitch reads: “Women’s football is much more than a game, it is a game-changer for women in our countries, where we celebrate our proud history of advancing women’s leadership, promoting women’s sport and striving to make gender equality a reality.’’

It’s a sophisticated play that only privileged countries could boast.

The competing bids are not without merit. Japan more than once points out it is one of the safest countries in the world, its bid is book-ended by images of Homare Sawa holding aloft their hard-won World Cup of 2011. Brazil reminds FIFA that no South American country has hosted a Women’s World Cup (Asia has hosted twice). Plus there is no small matter of its 210 million crazed football fans. Colombia notes it attracts 28,000 spectators to domestic women’s matches.

Australia’s ability to put on a show was demonstrated no better than 20 years ago, at the Sydney Olympics. And Auckland’s Eden Park has been a mecca of sport for more than a century.

The joint bid is the perfect opportunity for FIFA to expand the game in the Pacific. As cricket strives to fill the MCG for the women’s T20 World Cup final, imagine a full Olympic stadium in Sydney for a soccer World Cup final.

Over the past fortnight we have witnessed the FFA organising the Asian women’s Olympic qualifiers with one week’s notice when the coronavirus crisis prevented the Chinese city of Wuhan from hosting the event.

Imagine what it could do in three years.

Hosting the Women’s World Cup is a natural fit for two countries whose deep passion for sport and progress on gender equality continues apace. And if it gives the Matildas a better chance of winning the World Cup, that’s an opportunity they have earned.

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