Federal Minister for Sport backs Matildas and Aus Bid 2023

Federal Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck arrived in France on Saturday and will attend this evening’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Round of 16 match between Australia and Norway at the Stade de Nice.

Minister Colbeck is attending the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the ICC Cricket World Cup over the coming days to show the Morrison Government’s support for Australia’s women’s football and men’s cricket teams, and to help secure future opportunities to host major sporting events in Australia. 

“I wish the Matildas all the very best against Norway tonight and our men’s cricket team against England on Tuesday,” Minister Colbeck said. “The Government strongly supports bringing major international sporting events to Australia.

“Events like the Women’s World Cup and Cricket World Cups are major draw cards for international visitors and provide a big boost to local economies.”

Minister Colbeck recognised Football Federation Australia’s ongoing efforts to bid for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup (including a $5 million contribution from the Morrison Government to support the bid). 

Minister Colbeck will conduct meetings with FIFA alongside FFA officials on Sunday as work continues on Australia’s bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“The Morrison Government’s Sport 2030 plan includes the aim to build the business of sport and sports industry in Australia, to demonstrate our capacity to host such events as well as realise the benefits of strong sport diplomacy

“Bringing major events like these to Australian shores will benefit not just our sporting heroes, but our nation and Australians as a whole.”

Minister Colbeck will attend tonight’s match alongside FFA Chief Executive Officer, David Gallop AM, and FFA Chief Operating Officer, Mark Falvo. 

“It has been great to see the progress of the team through the earlier rounds and especially the comeback win against Brazil,” he said.  “That shows the Australian spirit, that we just won’t give up and I’m just hoping that carries into the game tonight.” 

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Australia’s game against Norway will kick-off at 9.00pm (local time), which is 5.00am AEST on Sunday, 23 June 2019. The game will be broadcast live on SBS TV and Optus Sport in Australia. 

Norway vs. Australia (FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Round of 16)
Date: Saturday, 22 June 2019
Venue: Stade de Nice, Nice, France
Kick-off: 9.00pm (local) – 5.00am AEST (Sunday, 23 June 2019)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS TV and Optus Sport

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