01/04/2021 - 13:32

FIFA Women's World Cup coming to Perth

01/04/2021 - 13:32


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The state government and the state’s peak football body have won a bid to host matches at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with Perth among nine cities hosting the event.

FIFA Women's World Cup coming to Perth
The $32.5 million State Football Centre designed to host training sessions during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Image: WAPC

The state government and the state’s peak football body have won a bid to host matches for the 2023 the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with Perth’s HBF Park Rectangular Stadium among ten venues chosen to host matches for the international tournament.

This morning, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) formally announced the successful locations, which include Perth, Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Dunedin, Hamilton, Melbourne, Sydney, and Wellington.

The number of games Perth will host in the 2023 tournament is yet to be confirmed, but the event is expected to attract thousands of visitors to WA, provide international exposure, and deliver millions of dollars of economic benefits.

The state government and Football West have been working to secure host-city status since Australia and New Zealand were awarded the tournament in June last year, with both the state and federal government financing the construction of a new $32.5 million State Football Centre in Queens Park with training facilities and the capacity to host camps for national and international teams.

That plan was given the great light by the state’s peak planning body early last month, and formed an important part of the state’s bid to host the tournament.

The sporting facility is set to be built at Welshpool Road and Wharf Street, featuring two full-size high-performance pitches, three smaller pitches, change rooms, training facilities, a sports medicine centre, a kiosk, and a meeting room space for Football West administration.

The main pitch will have tiered seating for 700 spectators, but the site will have the ability to accommodate temporary seating for as many as 4,000.

But that may not be the last of the expenditure.

During a press conference this morning, newly-appointed Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti indicated that there could be further upgrades to HBF Park ahead of the event, which underwent a $95 million upgrade as recently as 2013.

He said hosting the global tournament would do wonders for the future of women’s football in Perth at all levels, from grassroots to the professional leagues.

Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck said the tournament would help the country to recover from the economic crisis and that the benefits of tourism and the injection into local economies should not be understated.


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