Matildas star Steph Catley says the news that Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 Women’s World Cup is “wonderful” and an enormous enhance for the sport on this nation.
Australia and New Zealand obtained 22 of the 35 votes, to defeat Colombia within the race to host the match.
Players have reacted with delight, with celebrity Sam Kerr tweeting “WE DID IT!”
Catley, the Australian vice-captain, says the wait to discover out if the bid had been profitable was excruciating.
“It was an extended build-up, I’ve by no means been by means of something like that in my life,” she informed TODAY.
“Point after level of individuals explaining issues, and each time you thought they had been going to announce it they did not announce it!
“It was only a loopy construct up after which lastly once they did announce it, it was simply the very best feeling on the earth.
“So a lot reduction and a lot pleasure.
“It was wonderful to be part of.”
According to Catley, the news that Australia will host the match is an indication of the massive progress of girls’s soccer on this nation.
“Personally once I grew up enjoying I had no females to watch on TV,” she stated.
“It simply wasn’t taking place.
“But now we’re going to be enjoying a World Cup on residence soil, that simply proves how far soccer has are available in Australia.”
FFA boss Chris Nikou could not conceal his delight on the news.
“Ecstatic, relieved, proud, all of these feelings,” he informed TODAY.
“Proud for Australia as a nation as a result of we put up a extremely compelling bid and we bought rewarded for some actually arduous phrase.”
FFA boss ‘proud’ of Aussie World Cup success
Despite strategies that the UEFA votes would swing behind Colombia and ship the World Cup to the South American nation, finally the Australian bid did not want the Europoean votes.
“That was disappointing that we did not get something out of Europe, however finally it did not shock us,” Nikou stated.
“In a COVID-19 world we could not get out and about and go and see folks.
“We thought we did the groundwork and had informed the FIFA council members that that is the correct selection, and I’m simply glad we bought over the road.”
New Zealand star Rebekah Stott was additionally readily available for the announcement, and says the response throughout the Tasman has been simply as huge.
“It’s been unreal, the ladies are so excited, I’ve been getting heaps of messages from all of them, we simply cannot wait till the occasion,” she informed TODAY.