Australian football’s boss has urged King Charles, the leader of Australian football, to attend the Women’s World Cup he is hosting with New Zealand.
The FIFA tournament starts in Auckland on 20 July and ends in Sydney on 20 August. European champions England will attempt to win the global prize for the first-time in Sydney.
The trophy was handed to England by the Queen when the 1966 men’s World Cup final took place at Wembley Stadium.
By the time she was ready to end her overseas travel, another country she ruled over – Canada– hosted the Women’s World Cup 2015
This edition begins approximately 10 weeks after King Charlie‘s coronation. He spent two terms in Australia as a student between 1966 and 1966.
When James Johnson was asked if he would like Charles to attend the Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia CEO said that it would be “fantastic.” It would make the World Cup even more special.
He said, “We are a very inclusive country. All people are welcome – Kings, Queens, and the rest of the world.
“So, the more people who can attend our community to see this amazing event will only make it even more special.”
Royal connections were a part of the England team that reached the Women’s World Cup semi finals in 2019. William, Prince of Wales, is still the president of The Football Association.
This will be the largest ever Women’s World Cup, with two countries hosting matches for the first-time and an expanded 32-team format that includes eight countries that were added to the 2019 tournament.
Ireland has qualified for the World Cup and will face Australia in its opening match at Stadium Australia, Sydney. The stadium has a capacity 82,500. Due to high ticket demand, the match was moved to the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. It holds 42,000 spectators.
Australia will play England in the final round of preparations for the tournament at Brentford’s Gtech Community Stadium, 11 April.
Johnson stated that they were “absolutely one of the favourites and the European champions, which is very impressive.”
“We want to put the Matildas against the best around the world in the lead up to the Women’s World Cup.
“We just put them against Spain. We are very lucky to have beaten Spain. England is another up-graded country.
“So playing England in England, we believe is important from high performance points of view.”