Ministry of Sport

FFA Seeking Substantial Funding From Government For 2023 Women’s World Cup

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is adamant the substantial funding needed to secure the 2023 Women’s World Cup is a worthwhile investment and is urging the Federal and State Government’s to support the cause.

The reported costs of staging the event will be approximately twice that of the Asian Cup which cost $60 million, however, governments could land more than four times its investment, according to FFA’s research.

“It will take a substantial investment, we saw that with the (winning 2015) Asian Cup (bid), we need federal and state governments to get on board,” FFA chief, David Gallop, said.

“But it will deliver close to $500 million in economic benefit for the country, so there’s a lot of value in this proposition.

“We’re talking about many millions of dollars (government support) but we’re talking about a worthwhile investment.”

The costs of staging the event will likely centre around upgrades to training centres, travel, administration and infrastructure however it is unlikely the tournament would require any stadiums to undergo major upgrades or new venues to be built.

Along with the eight other bids – Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and a joint South and North Korea bid – FFA will take part in a bid workshop run by FIFA during June’s women’s World Cup in France, where they will likely present their bid blueprint to FIFA.

Shaun Carney

Shaun Carney