Australia and New Zealand
Thursday’s announcement that Australia and New Zealand will host will mean that this edition of the Women’s World Cup will be the first in the southern hemisphere and the first in the Oceania Football Confederation. It will also be the first edition in which 32 teams are represented, out of 16 teams until 2011.
We take a look at some of the reactions from Down Under to the nightly news from Zurich.
Me right now. pic.twitter.com/SDSNNuEbgi— Sam Kerr (@samkerr1) June 25, 2020
What Australia captain Sam Kerr Said?
“Being able to attend a FIFA Women’s World Cup at home is something every footballer dreams of, and I look forward to making those dreams come true.” Playing for the Matildas in Australia will be the highlight of my career and an opportunity to inspire girls to play soccer in Australia, New Zealand, and around the world. “
What New Zealand captain Ali Riley Said?
“I just collapsed when I heard it. This will be a unique opportunity to connect with fans. We rarely play home games – because we’re so far from everyone else – that’s so epic. “
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Host Countries Announcement Celebration
— Chris Chang (@ChrisChang) June 25, 2020
What Megan Rapinoe (USA midfielder) Said?
“Maybe I have to stay a few more years for this one! This is going to be great! Congratulations to AUS and NZ! “
What Hannah Wilkinson (New Zealand forward) Said?
“All this anticipation filled the room. The second (it was announced), I went completely black for a second. To be honest, it was just total joy.”
What Steph Catley (Australia defender) Said?
“I’m so excited. I’m starting to think about what it will be like to be a player at a home World Cup. It’s just surreal. It gives me goosebumps.”
What Barbara Cox (New Zealand’s First Women’s National Team Captain) Said?
“I woke up on time at 4 am and switched on my cell phone. It was just amazing news and I couldn’t sleep anymore. I think it is historically important to recognize those who came before, because without them we would not be here today. “
What Julie Dolan (Australia’s first women’s national team captain) Said?
“For me, the pictures on the sails of the Opera House last night were the more than 40-year journey from early pioneers to current stars and everything that is really important in between (base, fans, volunteers, administrator). A fantastic tribute to everyone, they contributed along the way. “
What Craig Foster (Former Australia captain and SBS TV football analyst) Said?
“Women’s sport has grown exponentially. This (decision) is about sport as well as gender equality and a wider society. Australia and New Zealand have been leaders in this regard for several years. Gender equality was an integral part of this offer. (The decision can be used) to use this as an instrument of how things should look – real, substantial commitment to equality in football. “
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