Westfield Matildas react to FIFA Women's World Cup Host Cities announcement

Australia and New Zealand reached another important milestone on the journey to 2023 with the announcement of the host cities and stadiums for the FIFA Women's World Cup. 

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Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, and Brisbane will play host to some of the biggest teams and best players in world football in 2023. 

MORE: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ Host Cities and Stadiums announced

READ: Westfield Matildas face the Netherlands to complete April schedule

For the players from each of those cities, the chance to represent their country in the biggest tournament in football in their hometowns is a dream come true. 

For Sydney's Alanna Kennedy, the city is the scene of some of her fondest football moments. 

"It's where I have so many amazing footballing memories. I debuted for the Matildas there, won some W-League trophies, it's where I was the night I found out we were going to be hosting the World Cup." Kennedy said. 

"I've gone on to play in front of some amazing Aussie crowds and some really cool stadiums in the city and now the rest of the world will get to experience it." 

Westfield Matildas vice-captain Steph Catley can't wait for the world to come to her hometown, Melbourne. 

"Melbourne is my home, my pride and joy. I'm a very, very proud Melbourne girl." she said.

"I'm so excited...that the rest of the world will be able to see how incredible of a place it is and the wonderful people, culture, and coffee." 

The world will also get to visit the City of Churches and proud South Australian, Jenna McCormick, can't wait. 

"It holds a very special place in my heart and I absolutely cannot wait to welcome the rest of the world to this great city." the defender said. 

Hayley Raso has played lots of football in the Sunshine state and can't wait for everyone else to do the same in 2023. 

"I grew up playing youth football and W-League there, as well as representing the Matildas in front of my family and friends." Raso said. 

"It's amazing that some of the world's best footballers will be able to experience playing football on the world's biggest stage in my hometown." 

While the countdown continues to 2023, Westfield Matildas fans won't have to wait as long to see the players in action with friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands less than two weeks away!