Australia’s hopes of co-hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup with New Zealand has received rating as the best of the bids. The Australia and New Zealand joint bid topped the scoring over the two remaining bidders, Japan and Colombia.

FIFA announced that Australia-New Zealand scored 4.1 points from a maximum of five for the first 32-team women’s tournament.

“I am delighted that we have scored so strongly in FIFA’s Bid Evaluation Report, “We are confident that our combination of technical excellence, record-breaking crowds, commercial certainty, a warm embrace from our 200 different cultures and genuine impact across the region where the legacies will be profound will prove a compelling offer to FIFA and its confederations,” Nikou said.

Japan scored 3.9 and Colombia trailed with 2.8, each of the votes from the 37-member panel will be made public.

FIFA rated the Australia-New Zealand bid the “most commercially favourable and also offered a rare example of “unity and cooperation” across continental bodies.

“We are two nations from two confederations, united in proposing a historic and exciting step forward for world football,” Nikou added.

“We will place the interests of the greatest female footballers in the world at the centre of everything we do, to deliver a World Cup the global football family can be proud of,” Wood said.

Japan prefers to host in the cooler weather of June-July instead of FIFA’s preferred July-August dates.

Colombia met FIFA’s minimum requirements but the plan needs “significant amount of investment and support” with just three years to prepare.

Brazil pulled out of the running, citing an “environment of economic and fiscal austerity,” which meant it could not guarantee it would be able to fulfil FIFA’s criteria for hosting.

The winner will follow France which hosted a 24-nation tournament in 2019, won by the United States.

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