Australia and New Zealand did it


Western United FC sends a huge congratulations to Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football for today winning the bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.  

This is a landmark achievement for football in Australia.

32 nations from every continent will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand for a month-long festival of colour and excitement as they compete for the ninth FIFA Women’s World Cup. It will be the first time 32 Nations have competed in the tournament, up from 24 in the last World Cup in France in 2019.

The increased exposure and interest this winning bid will bring to women’s football will be game-changing for the sport in Australia and aligns with Western United’s vision for women’s football in the west.

“We’re currently in the development and consultation stage of our women’s football strategy for the club,” said Western United CEO Chris Pehlivanis.

“Our ambition is to gain a W-League license for the 2021 W-League season and also build our strategies for girls’ football in the coming years to grow the game, increase talent development and create pathways for girls in the west.

“In our first year we’ve been at the coal-face with schools and football clubs in the west to help grow female participation and work towards the FFA’s target of 50:50 gender parity by 2027.”

The road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ also aligns with the development of Western United’s new home stadium in Tarneit that will be part of the largest football precinct in the country.


“We’d love to host the Matildas at our new home in 2023 in some capacity and look forward to those opportunities,” Pehlivanis added.

“It is an exciting time for football in Australia and everybody at Western United FC is honoured to be part of this great game.”

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will kick off on July 10, 2023, with the final being played on August 20.