NEWCASTLE has revealed ambition to host international teams when the FIFA Women's World Cup arrives in the southern hemisphere for the first time in 2023.
Australia and New Zealand found out overnight they had won the rights to host the tournament, with McDonald Jones Stadium expected to be a match venue.
The Hunter has also been flagged as a potential base for some of the sides who will travel to compete, with areas including Cessnock and Maitland making the list.
Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the confirmation Australia would host the tournament was a landmark moment.
"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.
"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 2023 Women's World Cup will run from July 10 to August 20.
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