Melbourne (AFP)

Australia and New Zealand on Friday launched a joint bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup.

"New Zealand and Australia can work as a team to do something unique and world class, also creating a legacy for women and for football in our countries, and in Asia and Oceania," said New Zealand Sports Minister Grant Robertson.

"We have the infrastructure, the expertise and the enthusiasm to co-host the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023," said his Australian counterpart Richard Colbeck.

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, South Korea and South Africa are also in the running to organize the competition, according to Fifa, which should make its choice in May.

The world football body wants to expand to 32 the number of participating teams, against 24 at the last edition in France this year, while women's teams arouse a growing enthusiasm in several countries.

The joint organization will better cope with this enlargement, according to Australians and New Zealanders.

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