City joins 2023 Women’s World Cup training bid war

Frank Drago Reserve in Bayswater. Picture: Kristie Lim.
Frank Drago Reserve in Bayswater. Picture: Kristie Lim.

THE world’s best female soccer players could be training in Bayswater if the national body’s 2023 Women’s World Cup bid is successful.

The Football Federation Australia (FFA) approached the City of Bayswater to consider Frank Drago Reserve, the home of National Premier League (NPL) club Bayswater City, as a training venue as part of its bid submission to the Federation of International Association.

Bayswater Council supported an urgent motion to progress the submission to the FFA at its August 20 meeting.

The FFA has approached several other local governments and clubs to consider their NPL venue to be included as team training centres.

A Football West spokesman said Forrestfield United in the City of Armadale and Sorrento FC in the City of Joondalup were believed to have also made submissions to the FFA.

The City needs to upgrade the 500 lux sports lighting by about 100 lux in order to meet the FFA’s requirements.

Bayswater City Soccer Club. Picture: Kristie Lim

Councillor Sally Palmer said while the City might not win the bid, she was hopeful it would be successful.

“This is a world class stage,” she said.

“This is like bringing the Olympics to our home.

“We have two stations, cafes and we have got access to the airport.”

Cr Michelle Sutherland said she was excited by the prospect which would be a great boost for Bayswater.

“It will bring the community together and put a light in the eastern corridor,” she said.

The Women’s World Cup is held every four years and includes 32 national teams.

It will be held in July and August 2023.

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