Hope remains for Canberra to host 2023 Women’s World Cup

Liberals Leader Alistair Coe has welcomed a warm and positive response from the Football Federation of Australia on the prospects of Canberra being involved in the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

As the alternative government with an election very soon, the Liberals Leader, Deputy Leader Nicole Lawder and Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation James Milligan wrote to the Football Federation of Australia last month requesting consideration for Canberra’s involvement in the games.

“It was disappointing that Canberra was not put forward as a host city for the Women’s World Cup by the current government,” Mr Coe said.

“Canberra has an incredibly strong community of female athletes who deserve this opportunity to support female talent and showcase our city on a global stage.

“Canberra is an exceptional city and we have so much to offer. The Canberra Liberals believe this is an important investment in women’s sport and in our city, particularly after a devastating year of bushfires, hail and pandemic.

“I look forward to continuing conversations with Football Federation of Australia to bring the Women’s World Cup to Canberra,” Mr Coe said.

The Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation James Milligan said this was an exciting new opportunity for women’s sport.

“We know there was a lot of community disappointment at the thought of missing out on this once in a lifetime event,” Mr Milligan said.

“As the nation’s capital and home to more than 39,000 players, including 7,000 women and girls, we’re going to do everything we can to put forward a strong case for Canberra,” Mr Milligan said.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Nicole Lawder said: “Bringing the Women’s World Cup to Canberra will inspire a generation of young female football players.”