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Football Federation Australia to build new venues for World Cup

Football Federation Australia will build three new stadiums and upgrade a further nine if the country is successful in their World Cup bid for either the 2018 or 2022 tournaments.

Australia submitted their official bid in Zurich yesterday and the Bid Book confirmed that new venues would be constructed in Perth, Canberra and Western Sydney's Blacktown.

Subiaco in Perth will be fitted with a 60,000-capacity stadium, a site near the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra will feature a 40,000-seat venue and Blacktown will get a 41,000-seat stadium.

The stadiums to be upgraded include Stadium Australia, Sydney Football Stadium, MCG, Geelong Stadium, Townsville Stadium, Adelaide Oval, Gold Coast, Newcastle Stadium and Brisbane Stadium.

FFA CEO Ben Buckley was excited about Australia's bid and said it was a great chance to show more of the land down under to the world.

"This is our opportunity to showcase our unique and beautiful country to the world," Buckley said.

"Our Bid is a tailor-made, compelling concept that shows Australia is ready to fulfill the dream of holding the FIFA World Cup on every continent on the globe."

Andrew Slevison
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