FIFA confirm Australia and New Zealand will host 2023 Women’s World Cup

FIFA have confirmed Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 Women's World Cup.

The Australasian nations fought off competition from Colombia and will play host to the first ever Women's World Cup held in the southern hemisphere.

13 stadiums across the two countries were put forward as host venues with Sydney's Stadium Australia, which has a 70,000 capacity, to host the final.

On Monday New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said: “This is a historic bid, when you look at the fact it’s the first ever cross-confederation bid between ourselves and Australia.

"This would be the first ever Fifa Women’s World Cup in this part of the world, and we have a story to tell.

"We as a government have been focused on girls' and women’s sport, working alongside representative bodies to see greater equality in the sporting arena for women and girls’ sport and it would be a fantastic event for New Zealand to showcase itself alongside Australia."

Women's football continues to be on the rise with last summer's tournament in France the most successful one yet.

USA's recent dominance doesn't appear to have put off viewers with their ambitions of achieving equal pay a hot topic.

Current stars like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan may both be absent due to their ages.

But the World Cup holders are spoilt for quality while England will hope to build on their semi-final appearance.

Phil Neville, who led them to the last four, will not be in charge after announcing he would step down but no announcement has been made on his successor.

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