The world governing of body of football, FIFA, today awarded the right to host the 2023 Women's World Cup to Australia and New Zealand.
The 32-team tournament will be held in July and August 2023 over three weeks. All 32 teams will set up a base camp in Australia and New Zealand.
Both Coffs Harbour and Port Macquariue are listed in Australia's official bid document as a potential host with Coffs Harbour International Stadium and Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadiums highlighted as preparation, training and acclimatisation venues, and Opal Cove Resort and Rydges Port Macquarie listed as base camp hotels.
Football authorities will now work with three levels of government to approach competing teams to base themselves in the region.
Many matches in the tournament will be held in Sydney, Brisbane and Newcastle, giving people from the North Coast plenty of opportunities to see this global event.
North Coast Football president Andrew Woodward said this opportunity would also lead to an increase in the number of girls and women playing the game on the North Coast, with females currently accounting for just over 20 per cent of footballers on the North Coast.
"When Australia hosts significant events like the Olympics, Paralympics and other world cups, there's usually a bounce in interest and participation in their sport at the grassroots level," he said.
"It will put the focus on the game, and more girls and women will want to put their boots on and join their friends for some fun and games.
"I have worked on three FIFA World Cups, and nothing comes close to the colour, noise, passion and drama generated by a Football World Cup. It really is something else.
"We're so lucky to be in such close proximity to Newcastle, Brisbane and Sydney, making matches in the tournament easily accessible for us. The Women's World Cup is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for players and fans alike."