The Australian Government welcomes the announcement of training sites for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
Across five cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth – the 13 training sites will play a key role in hosting the world’s elite female footballers as they make their final preparations ahead of the World Cup competition.
Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the selection of the training sites by the world body for football demonstrates the importance of community sporting facilities across Australia.
“This will be the largest ever women’s sporting event and it is a privilege for Australia to
co-host the event with New Zealand. It will bring together 32 nations before a global audience of more than 1 billion people,” Minister Colbeck said.
“The event will strengthen Australia's already world-class reputation as a global leader in women's sport and is part of a green and gold decade of major sporting events to be hosted in our country.”
Confirmed training sites will include:
- Adelaide– Marden Sports Complex (Marden), South Australia Football Centre (Gepps Cross)
- Brisbane - Perry Park (Bowen Hills), Spencer Park (Newmarket)
- Melbourne - JL Murphy Reserve (Port Melbourne), Lakeside Stadium (Albert Park), Reggio Calabria Club (Parkville)
- Perth– Dorrien Gardens (West Perth), Western Australia State Football Centre (Queens Park)
- Sydney – ES Marks Athletics Field (Kensington), Leichhardt Oval (Leichardt), Valentine Sports Park (Glenwood), Western Sydney Wanderers Centre of Football (Rooty Hill)
The training sites announcement is on top of Australia’s world-class stadiums already announced as match venues.
As part of the 2020–21 Budget, the Australian Government committed $2.4 million to Football Australia to assist with planning and delivery of the event, in addition to $5 million to support the development of the historic bid.
A further $12 million was also committed to Football Australia to support a Matildas’ high performance program in the lead up to the event, and community engagement activities to encourage more participation in football by women and girls.
“The Government is looking forward to harnessing the opportunities that hosting this event presents to inspire even more girls and women to participate in football and sport, and to make playing sport and exercising a big part of their lives,” Minister Colbeck said.
The FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 will be played between 19 July and 20 August 2023.
Further details regarding the training sites announcement can be found here.