The Matildas playing Vietnam in a Women's Olympic Football Tournament Play-Off match at McDonald Jones Stadium in March. Photo: Tony Feder/Getty Images.

Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football have together made history as the first co-Confederation to host a FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The 2023 tournament will also be the first one held in the southern hemisphere.

McDonald Jones Stadium is expected to be a match venue, with Newcastle forming part of Australia’s bid, bringing thousands of visitors to the city.

Newcastle has also been suggested to play host to some of the visiting teams, based on providing an attractive location for teams to base themselves to stay and train during their world cup campaign.

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Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the vote had Australian – and indeed Novocastrian – football fans cheering.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Australia to showcase the Matildas’ and Newcastle Jets W-League talent on home turf and strengthen ties with our neighbours across the ditch while also unlocking economic benefits and driving positive social impacts for women and girls,” Cr Nelmes said.

“Australia staged the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, which included Newcastle hosting two group stage matches, a semi-final and third place playoff at McDonald Jones Stadium, reinforcing Newcastle’s reputation for hosting world-class sporting tournaments.

“Even more recently, Newcastle hosted the Matildas in the Olympic qualifier against Vietnam at McDonald Jones Stadium on 6 March in their qualification to the upcoming Olympics.

“Winning the 2023 Women’s World Cup bid reaffirms Australia’s ability to attract top-tier sporting codes and I can’t wait to join fans in the stands here in Newcastle.”

The Australian-New Zealand bid was rated the most technically proficient in FIFA’s report, ahead of Japan and Colombia.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held from 10 July to 20 August 2023.

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