Official partners of Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Westfield Matildas today added their congratulations to the long list of local and global individuals and stakeholders thrilled that Australia and New Zealand have secured the right to host the next Women's World Cup.
In the early hours of Friday morning (AEST) it was announced that Australia and New Zealand had been awarded the rights to host the Women’s World Cup in 2023, sparking mass interest from media across Australia and internationally, as well as enormous engagement and excitement across social media.
Today, representatives from several FFA partners including Westfield, Hyundai, Nike, Telstra, Seven Consulting, and Pantene, expressed their delight on behalf of their organisations that the largest women’s sporting event in the world is headed to Asia-Pacific for the first time.
Scentre Group CEO, Peter Allen, said: “As the naming rights partner of the Westfield Matildas, and long-time partner and supporter of the FFA and Women’s Football in Australia which is 13-years strong, we are thrilled at this news of a home World Cup in 2023. This team and sport has gone from strength to strength and a World Cup here in Australia and New Zealand will significantly boost the growth of women’s sport in communities across our countries.”
Hyundai General Manager Public Relations, Bill Thomas, said: “As an FFA and Westfield Matildas partner we are ecstatic about the news of a home World Cup in 2023. The Westfield Matildas continue to be a driving force of inspiration in this country and this World Cup will help to continue to celebrate and grow female sport in Australia.”
Nike Pacific General Manager, Ashley Reade, said: “As a proud partner of FFA and New Zealand Football, we could not be more excited. We believe in the power of sport to move the world forward, with 2023 being a pinnacle moment for the world game. Our football partnerships are the crown jewels of our strategy in this region and we’re incredibly proud to support the Australian and New Zealand national teams. Hosting the tournament will amplify the growth of women’s football in Australia and New Zealand and create another critical platform to champion equality in sport.”
Telstra Chief Marketing Officer, Jeremy Nicholas, said: “Telstra has a rich heritage of supporting sport in Australia, and as a proud partner of the Westfield Matildas is thrilled at the prospect of connecting them to the world.”
Seven Consulting CEO and Founder, Declan Boylan, said: “As a proud partner of the Westfield Matildas the news of a home World Cup in 2023 is fantastic. This event will deliver great outcomes for football in this country and help to continue the amazing growth of the women’s game in Australia. Seven Consulting are proud to be supporting our national team on this world stage.”
And Pantene Brand Manager, Stephanie Doyle, said: “As a partner of the Westfield Matildas we are delighted at the news of a home World Cup in 2023. This is a great opportunity to continue to amplify female excellence in sport in Australia and continue to encourage more young girls to play sport.”
FFA Chief Executive Officer, James Johnson, thanked each partner for their support of FFA and the Westfield Matildas, and said FFA looks forward to driving significant awareness and outcomes for its commercial partners over the coming years.
“FFA greatly appreciates the support of its commercial partners, many of whom had been on the journey to Friday’s announcement with our organisation, as well as the Westfield Matildas players and staff, for years,” Johnson said.
“The interest in the Westfield Matildas, and Australian football generally, will surge over the coming years leading up to the tournament in mid-2023, so we look forward to developing innovative and bespoke campaigns for all our partners to ensure that they can capitalise on the significant swell of attention and coverage football will achieve,” he said.