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Sam Kerr of the Australian Matildas is congratulated by team mates after scoring a goal during the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Play-Off
  • Perth secures host city status for largest FIFA Women's World Cup ever held.
  • Selection to bring millions of dollars in economic benefits and worldwide exposure for WA.
  • Confirmation comes after State Government backed successful joint Australia-New Zealand bid.

The host city confirmation from football's governing body will allow Western Australia to push ahead with planning for the prestigious tournament — which is expected to deliver millions of dollars of economic and job-creating benefits to the State.

Last year the State Government threw its strong support behind the Australia-New Zealand bid — with the two countries jointly awarded the tournament in June 2020.

The world's biggest sport will showcase Perth, with both matches and training to occur at Perth's premium rectangular stadium — HBF Park.

Thirty-two international teams will compete in the 2023 tournament. The number of games Perth will host and scheduling details are expected to be confirmed in the coming months.

The tournament has the potential to attract thousands of visitors to the State, and will provide Western Australia with international exposure to the massive television audiences expected around the globe.

According to FIFA, more than a billion viewers tuned into coverage of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The State Government has contributed $16.25 million towards a State Football Centre in Queens Park, which is due for completion in time for the event.

The elite facility will have the capability to host visiting international teams as a training ground, as well as grassroots football programs.

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