Opportunity for North Coast in 2023 World Cup Bid

June 26th, 2020

The awarding of the 2023 Women’s World Cup to Australia and New Zealand sets up an excellent opportunity for Coffs Harbour to benefit from the global tournament.
 
The world governing of body of football, FIFA, today awarded the right to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup to Australia and New Zealand. The 32-team tournament will be held in July and August 2023 over three weeks.
 
All 32 teams will set up a base camp in Australia and New Zealand. Coffs Harbour is listed in Australia’s official bid document (Link, page 82) as a potential host.
 
Coffs Harbour International Stadium is highlighted as a preparation, training and acclimatisation venue. Opal Cove Resort is listed as the base camp hotel.
 
Football authorities will now work with three levels of government to approach competing teams to base themselves in Coffs Harbour.
 
With its reputation as an excellent host for national and international events and central location, Coffs Harbour is well-positioned to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
 
Many matches in the tournament will be held in Sydney, Brisbane and Newcastle, giving people from the North Coast plenty of opportunities to see this global event.
 
It will also lead to an increase in the number of girls and women playing the game on the North Coast. Currently, just over 20 per cent of footballers on the north coast are girls and women.
 
Comments from North Coast Football, General Manager, Andrew Woodward
 
Football on the North Coast will get a real boost from hosting the Women’s World Cup.
 
It will put the focus on the game, and more girls and women will want to put their boots on and join their friends for some fun and games.
 
When Australia hosts significant events like the Olympics, Paralympics and other world cups, there’s usually a bounce in interest and participation in their sport at the grassroots level.
 
Our challenge locally is to cement that bounce long term, and we’ll start work on that in the coming months.
 
A Football World Cup is like no other. I have worked on three FIFA World Cups, and nothing comes close to the colour, noise, passion and drama generated by a Football World Cup. It really is something else.
 
We’re so lucky to be in such close proximity to Newcastle, Brisbane and Sydney, making matches in the tournament easily accessible for us.
 
The Women’s World Cup is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for players and fans alike.

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