Matildas takeover 2.0? Australia confirmed as host of Asian Cup… but major states to miss out

    Australia has been confirmed as the host of the 2026 Women’s Asian Cup.

    On Wednesday night it was confirmed the event would be held down under after being the sole bidder for the tournament.

    New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia will host matches, with Victoria and South Australia missing out despite the former hosting the Matildas’ training base in Bundoora, and the latter hosting the 2006 Women’s Asian Cup.

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    Expressions of interest for Asian Cup venues took place before the start of the recent Women’s World Cup suggesting the states that missed out did not get involved in the process.

    It is not yet known exactly when the tournament will be played. The 2022 event took place across late January to early February, but was initially scheduled across from late October to early November. The 2006 tournament, based in Adelaide, was played in July.

    The Matildas are set to go for glory at home again. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

    “Securing the AFC Women’s Asian Cup is a testament to our nation’s dedication to football. It is not only a victory for the sport but for every Australian, offering significant economic and cultural benefits,” Football Australia chairman Anter Isaac said.

    “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the AFC, its Executive Committee, the Secretariat, and our fellow member associations for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting this prestigious tournament. We are committed to advancing the exceptional initiatives already established and delivered by the AFC and the broader Asian football community in women’s football.”

    It has been projected the tournament will generate up to $260 million in economic output – though these projections are always very rosy – and over 1,000 jobs.

    Football Australia CEO James Johnson said the organisation remains in discussions with the federal government regarding federal funding.

    “This collaboration is essential to ensure the successful delivery and enduring legacy of the tournament. The ongoing support from all levels of government is critical as we tackle the surge in participation and the urgent need for improved facilities. Together, we are committed to making this event a resounding success that will further elevate women’s football in Australia and across Asia,” he said.

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