Football: NZ Football all-in on World Cup bid, says CEO Andrew Pragnell

New Zealand Football promises to do everything it can to win hosting rights for the 2023 Women's World Cup, knowing it could be the last chance to have the tournament here.

Nine options will be considered by world governing body FIFA, with New Zealand competing against the likes of Australia, South Africa, and a potential joint North and South Korea bid.

But NZ Football's confident it can beat out a competitive field for one of the world's fastest growing events, which CEO Andrew Pragnell believes will soon outgrow them.

"They're talking over a billion views in the French World Cup this year," Pragnell told Newshub. "At the rate it's growing, it could be our last chance, so we've got to go all-in."

Pragnell says it has the Government's financial backing to host the event, which will use Eden Park as its main venue and location for the final.

A minimum of six stadiums with capacities of 20,000-plus are required, as per FIFA guidelines, which Pragnell is confident it can meet.

The only potential clash at Eden Park is with one of the All Blacks' mid-year tests ahead of the Rugby World Cup in France.

"The timing of the window is favourable, being in July to August. That's post Super Rugby season, which is good news for us."

The bid is also timely on the basis of New Zealand's recent sucess in women's footballl on the global stage, best exemplified by the U17 side's third-place finish at the World Cup in Uruguay in December.

New Zealand also has a proven track record of success, having hosted the U20 men's World Cup in 2015.

Unlike the men's tournament, which is voted on by all 211 member associations at a FIFA Congress, the winner of this race will be decided by a vote of FIFA's 37-strong ruling council in March 2020.

Official registration of the NZ bid needs to be submitted by April 16.

While the joint Korean bid will undoubtedly attract the most interest, Australia was the first to declare its hand and is widely considered the frontrunner.

Newshub.