Australia's bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup will receive an $11 million funding boost as long as Queensland gets to host a final and at least one Matildas match if successful, says the state's tourism minister.
Minister Kate Jones announced on Sunday that Queensland would join New South Wales and Victoria in supporting Australia's bid to host the world game.
If Australia’s bid is successful, Women’s World Cup games could be played at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.Credit:Dave Hunt – AAP
She said the support was conditional on Queensland hosting nine games, including a Matildas match and a final, to be played at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, known as "The Cauldron" due to its vocal home ground fans.
Ms Jones said this year's world cup, hosted by France, was forecast to have received a total viewership of about a billion people across the globe.
"We know having the game here will be inspirational for generations of girls coming through," Ms Jones said, adding the state funding was in line with that of the two southern states.
"We are really excited about this bid."
She said the deal had been in negotiation for months and Queensland was still potentially in the running to host the world cup final.
Football Queensland Ben Richardson said the "gender-neutral sport" was "developing at a rate of knots" and had the highest participation rate across Australia.
The successful bid is expected to be announced in May 2020.
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