Twelve cities (five in New Zealand and seven in Australia) were announced as potential hosts for the expanded 32-tournament: Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Launceston, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Wellington.
The final is expected to be held at Sydney’s newly redeveloped Olympic stadium in Homebush, which seats 75,000.
Matildas captain Sam Kerr described the prospect of running out to a home crowd for a World Cup as a “dream come true.”
“I really do believe we would offer something incredibly special to FIFA,” she said.
Football Federation Australia president Chris Nikou believes the move is a huge positive for the future of women in sport.
“The decision to host the Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2023 in Australia and New Zealand, two leading nations in the promotion of women’s football and gender equality, will accelerate the game at both the grassroots and professional levels, lighting a path for future generations of footballers, administrators, and fans in Asia-Pacific,” he added.