Korea Republic celebrate after scoring against Spain last week at the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada – a tournament football’s governing body believe New Zealand could be a “major contender” to host in 2023.
By virtue of a successful hosting of the men’s Under-20 World Cup, which finished on Saturday, the game’s governing body has already given its blessing to a possible bid from New Zealand.
“And if the New Zealand Government wants to put a bid forward for another major football tournament [such as the Women’s World Cup], then I’m sure they’ll be a major contender,” Smith said.
In May, New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin revealed there is an appetite to host the flagship competition of the women’s game in eight years’ time and welcomed Smith’s endorsement.
“It will take a bit of time but what we’ve got to do now is make sure, as a country, with the stakeholders in New Zealand – government, local city councils – everybody has to get engaged early on.”