KUALA LUMPUR – With the knowledge and the experience attained from successfully hosting premier world-class sporting events in the past, Australia and New Zealand have what it takes to be outstanding joint hosts for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) made this an assertion when confirming its support for the joint bid by the two countries during its virtual 5th AFF Council Meeting  recently.

AFF President, Major General Khiev Sameth said AFF was confident the Football Federation Australia (FFA) and New Zealand Football (NZF), in cooperation with their respective governments would deliver an extraordinary tournament to the world.

“We are confident that Australia and New Zealand will fulfill their promises and be the perfect hosts for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023. The FFA and NZF have our full support and backing,” said Sameth.

He explained that the region had a very strong sports tradition and a proven track record for successfully hosting world events.

“The people in Australia and New Zealand love their sports and were extremely supportive when major sporting events were held in their countries. Among other things, their exceptional organization capabilities and capacities to deliver memorably experiences for the participants, officials, and fans have been well documented.”

The FIFA U20 World Cup, Sydney Olympics 2000, Rugby World Cup 2011, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and the AFC Asian Cup 2015 were among the major sporting events staged in these two countries. For the record, the ICC Cricket World Cup was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Sameth also commended FFA for their contributions to the development of women’s football in the region.

“FFA has also contributed significantly to the growth of women’s football both on and off the pitch in our region including but not limited to their Female Leadership Development Program which has been instrumental in helping women to progress into senior positions in the football industry. Women are an integral part of football and we need to have more women in senior decision-making positions.”

He added that AFF would offer its assistance and support for the joint bid which will be decided later this month. Besides the joint bid of Australia and New Zealand, Colombia as well as Japan had submitted bids for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

AFF is confident the joint bid will prevail after FIFA’s evaluation report gave the highest rating to the Australia-New Zealand submission. The Australia-New Zealand bid scored 4.1 out of 5 points with Japan and Colombia being awarded 3.9 and 2.8 points respectively.

“On behalf of AFF and the millions of football fans in the Southeast Asian region, we wish Australia and New Zealand the very best and hope they will be awarded the host job for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

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