Football: NZ, Australia launch hosting bid for 2023 Women's World Cup

New Zealand and Australia have confirmed a joint bid to host the 2023 Women's Football World Cup.

The trans-Tasman sporting rivals have worked together behind the scenes form several weeks, putting together an official bid document that was to be delivered to the Zurich headquarters of football's world body (FIFA) on Friday.

Last month, Newshub revealed the possibility of a combined effort last month, after both nations were shortlisted - along with Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan and South Africa - earlier this year. 

NZ Football and Football Federation Australia have branded the campaign 'As One', launched at Melbourne's AAMI Park.

The proposal would not only share the tournament across two countries, but also two FIFA confederations - New Zealand contest the Oceania zone, while Australia play in Asia. 

NZ Sports Minister Grant Robertson describes the event as an "unprecedented opportunity" to showcase women's sport.

"Australia and New Zealand are both countries that champion and celebrate women's sport," he says. "It has been no surprise to see the football community, stadia, host cities and states across our two countries embrace this bid.

"We know New Zealand and Australia can work as a team to deliver something unique and world class, while creating a legacy for women and for football in our countries, and across Asia and Oceania."

The bid proposes games would be hosted in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton and Hamilton on this side of the Tasman, while Adelaide, Brisbane, Launceston, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney would stage fixtures in Australia.

France hosted this year's 24-team Women's World Cup, won by the United States, with the tournament breaking records for attendance and international TV audience.

The Americans also used their platform to protest the pay gap between women and men in international football. The US women reportedly earned a total US$200,000 (NZ$302,000) each for capturing the world title, while the men's contracts offered more than US$1.1m (NZ$1.66m).