The game’s governing body FIFA shared the exciting news this morning, following months of speculation that Australia and New Zealand would be given the nod.
Their bid scored 4.5 out of 5 in an evaluation report outlining a plan for the first female 32-team tournament, while rivals Colombia scored just 2.8. Japan, the other country in the running, dropped out of the race on Monday.
"It was a choice between two countries - Australia and New Zealand - where women's football is already strongly established, and a continent where it still has to be firmly implanted and has a huge development potential," Europe’s confederation, the UEFA, wrote in a statement.
The event is expected to take place between July 10 to August 10, 2023, with the opening match played at Auckland’s Eden Park. The final is pencilled in to be held at Stadium Australia in Sydney.
"I'm so excited. I'm now starting to think about what it will be like to be a player at a homeworld cup, it is just surreal," Matildas defender Steph Catley said while watching the live-streamed announcement from Zurich, Switzerland. "It's giving me goosebumps."
“The girls are going crazy, WhatsApp is going off!” Goalkeeper Lydia Williams told ABC News Breakfast.
“We've had to slog it out pretty tough over the last five or six years and to get this amazing result, I think, is just incredible, not only for women's football and our team, but for football in Australia.”
The fact that it's so multicultural, there are so many different people that play the game, I think it's just going to grow football in Australia and New Zealand to have the next generation coming through.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also weighed in on the exciting news, tweeting:
“For the first time in history, Australians and New Zealanders will be able to experience a global football tournament, right here on home soil. How Good!"