Australia and New Zealand continue to compete for the 2023 World Cup

The Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand indicated in a joint open letter to FIFA that they would like to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirms their request by letter (Photo: AFP)

The two heads of government confirmed the joint bid after Monday, and Kyodo News reported that Japan was withdrawing from the bid.

“The Australian and New Zealand Women’s World Cup will be a perfect symbol of our passion for women’s football and our proud stance on equality and sport. At the same time, we will create a great legacy for women’s football in the region and beyond.” – says Scott Lawrison in a letter from Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of Australia and New Zealand.

FIFA is expected to vote on the World Cup director on Thursday. With Japan and Brazil relegated previously, only Australia, New Zealand and Colombia compete.

Among the candidates, Oceanians are clearly the preferred candidates. The FIFA Profile Evaluation Committee ranked South Americans’ “show” out of five at just 2.8 and their opponent at 4.1. The Colombians received a poor rating primarily due to high security risks, to which the head of the country’s football association responded on Monday that the results were born more from bias than reality.

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