Women’s World Cup a huge success…New Zealand “may one day host the men’s World Cup”
카지노사이트 Encouraged by the success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023, the New Zealand Football Association has announced its intention to co-host the Men’s World Cup with Australia.
“Both football associations are thrilled with the success of the tournament and it seems like a natural progression for us to host a Men’s World Cup in the future,” FIFA general secretary Andrew Pranell told New Zealand media outlet Staff on Friday.
With two semifinals, a third-place game and four matches remaining before the final, the Women’s World Cup is on track to be a “record-breaker. The previous attendance record of 1,356,000 was set in Canada in 2015, which was surpassed after the first two games of the round of 16. The total attendance for the Australia-New Zealand tournament through the quarterfinals is 1,740,288.
“FIFA is very pleased,” said Pranell. We have shown that we can create the best Women’s World Cup ever,” he said. “If we go ahead (with a men’s World Cup), it will be in the form of an Asia-Pacific partnership. Australia and New Zealand would be the base.”
However, New Zealand and Australia have few large soccer stadiums. FIFA requires that Men’s World Cup group stage matches be played in stadiums with a capacity of at least 40,000, semifinals at 60,000, and the final at 80,000. Auckland’s Eden Park, New Zealand’s largest and only soccer stadium with a capacity of more than 40,000, seats 50,000.
Pranell believes FIFA could be persuaded to relax this rule. “No one wants to see infrastructure built that will never be used again,” he said, “and based on our experience with FIFA on this tournament, I think they’re willing to work with us and be flexible.”
The 2026 Men’s World Cup will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico, while the 2030 Men’s World Cup will be hosted by the United States.