- Thirteen (13) Training Sites across the five (5) Australian Host Cities have been selected
- Training Sites have a strong football footprint and history
- Training Sites will have 18-month lead in to prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™
The initial phase of team facility planning for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ has been concluded with FIFA today revealing the first Training Sites in Australia.
Available for training sessions by the participating nations throughout the tournament, thirteen (13) training sites located in the five (5) Australian Host Cities have been approved following a detailed and thorough evaluation process.
The current list of Training Sites includes:
- Adelaide / Tarntanya – Marden Sports Complex (Marden), South Australia Football Centre (Gepps Cross)
- Brisbane / Meaanjin - Perry Park (Bowen Hills), Spencer Park (Newmarket)
- Melbourne / Naarm - JL Murphy Reserve (Port Melbourne), Lakeside Stadium (Albert Park), Reggio Calabria Club (Parkville)
- Perth / Boorloo – Dorrien Gardens (West Perth), Western Australia State Football Centre (Queens Park)
- Sydney / Gadigal – ES Marks Athletics Field (Kensington), Leichhardt Oval (Leichardt), Valentine Sports Park (Glenwood), Western Sydney Wanderers Centre of Football (Rooty Hill)
The confirmation of the Training Sites marks another milestone for the Host Cities with each venue now being afforded 18 months to prepare for the first FIFA tournament in the southern hemisphere.
Football Australia’s Head of Women's World Cup Legacy, Sarah Walsh, said that this announcement begins to make the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ more tangible at the local level.
“This is an important moment for our Host Cities and the start of a number of exciting announcements around the tournament as it starts to come to life for our local football communities,” said Walsh.
“Beyond the major stadia, we now see multiple facilities having an opportunity to be a part of this tournament of firsts, with many of these Training Sites having a strong football footprint and are deeply embedded in their local communities. This is a chance to increase their involvement and highlight the contribution to Australia’s football story.”
“Their selection as Training Sites for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ highlights the importance of high-quality community facilities. Through our community facilities Legacy ’23 pillar, we will be working to ensure that many more community grounds are equipped with female-friendly sporting facilities to accelerate the growth of women’s football post-tournament.”
Football Queensland CEO, Robert Cavallucci, said he was excited to welcome national teams to Queensland for the landmark event.
“With two of our state’s iconic football venues selected as training sites for the tournament, we look forward to continuing to work with Queensland Government to ensure we are supporting the growth of the women’s game and delivering a lasting legacy for Queensland's footballers,” Cavallucci said.
Football NSW CEO, Stuart Hodge, was delighted that Valentine Sports Park was announced as one of four NSW Training Sites.
“We are proud of the inclusive football facilities we have developed at Valentine Sports Park,” Hodge said.
“With the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ fast approaching, we are committed to the rollout of Legacy programs to help ensure our members have the capacity and capabilities to meet the needs of our fast-growing female football community.”
Football South Australia CEO, Michael Carter, highlighted the role the State Centre for Football will play in increasing the participation of women and girls in the coming years.
“The State Centre for Football, which is due for completion late April will be a great facility that will connect grassroots to the elite,” said Carter.
“The Centre will play a vital role for our Legacy Plan, providing opportunities for all through a variety of programs such as social football, school competitions, Walking Football and inclusion programs.”
Football Victoria President, Antonella Care added:
“The selected Victorian venues have extended ties to our game and will provide modern, state-of-the-art facilities as training sites for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™.
“Not only will they provide an ideal environment for teams to prepare ahead of their matches; they will also ensure women’s football flourishes well beyond it.”
Football West CEO James Curtis said:
“There is great excitement in Western Australia for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ and we are delighted that we have two fantastic venues which will play host to national teams.
“The State Football Centre will deliver a legacy for female football in WA for decades to come and it is fitting that it will be forever associated with the Women’s World Cup, the pinnacle of our game. Football West regularly uses Dorrien Gardens for our finals, and this is another first-class facility which will be worthy of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”
In the coming months, the next phase of the training site project will be completed, with an evaluation of other prospective Training Sites across both Australia and New Zealand.
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