Football Northern Territory welcomes FIFA World Cup 2023 decision



Football Northern Territory welcomes FIFA World Cup 2023 decision

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Football Northern Territory welcomes FIFA World Cup 2023 decision

Friday 26 June 2020

Football Northern Territory says it will work hard to bring the Matilda’s to the Northern Territory in the lead up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

Overnight, the FIFA Council awarded the 2023 to tournament to Australia and New Zealand.


Football Northern Territory CEO Bruce Stalder says the announcement will inspire the next generation of Australian footballers.

“This is a massive shot in the arm for our game in Australia. We have two million participants across the country and record numbers now playing the game in the Northern Territory and we expect today’s decision will only increase the number of girls and boys wanting to play our great game.”

Mr Stalder said the Northern Territory is in a unique position to be able to host the Matilda’s in Darwin in the lead up to the tournament.

“We have a wonderful opportunity now to bring the Matilda’s here to Darwin as they commence their preparations for the 2023 World Cup and next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“There are a number of FIFA windows open between now and the end of this year and our unique position in Darwin, with a strong response to the COVID 19 crisis gives us a great opportunity to attract Australia’s most popular sporting team to our city,” he said.

“We will commence formal discussions with the NT Government in coming days and have already spoken with Football Federation Australia to put together a compelling case to have our female football hero’s in the Northern Territory,” he said.

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