Podcast: Extra Time

Extra Time: The sacking of Stephen Kearney

LISTEN: This week's Extra Time podcast looks at the successful joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the sacking of New Zealand Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.

New Zealanders woke to the news the joint bid for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup was successful.

The Head of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, announced Australia and New Zealand won the hosting rights ahead of Columbia at the FIFA Council’s June meeting overnight.

This is the first FIFA tournament to be held Down Under and will be the biggest by far with 32 teams, playing in eight groups of four, across 12 cities.

The split with our trans-Tasman neighbours has Auckland hosting the opening tournament and Hamilton, Wellington Christchurch and Dunedin getting a piece of the action. In the opening stages of the event, four playing groups will be based in New Zealand and then it will go down to one team at the later stages of the tournament.

Extra Time host Barry Guy, former Football Fern defender Kristy Hill, Stuff reporter Phillip Rollo and Radio New Zealand writer Hamish Bidwell discuss what winning the hosting rights means for New Zealand.

The development opportunities and economic benefits are great with the previous World Cup viewership hitting just under a billion people over the duration of the 2019 tournament.

New Zealand will be on display around the world and women’s sport, particularly football will have a spotlight shining on them – one which Hill says will be exciting and hopefully aims to provide inspiration and a pathway for children wanting to play the sport.

It also pushes for more discussions around having a New Zealand team in the W-League.

The panellists also spoke about the sacking of New Zealand Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney and interim replacement Todd Payten.

* Extra Time is a podcast brought to you by RNZ, Stuff and LockerRoom.

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