Launceston took a giant leap towards hosting Women's World Cup matches after Australia and New Zealand were pronounced hosts for the 2023 tournament.
The joint trans-Tasman bid, which saw off Colombia's bid 22-13 at a FIFA meeting in Sweden on Friday morning, proposed 13 different hosting venues including Launceston's UTAS Stadium.
UTAS would host three group stage matches and potentially act as a training base should FIFA relent on its preference for a maximum of 10 venues for the month-long tournament.
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The decision was met with great excitement from the sport's state body, players and officials.
Football Tasmania chief executive Matt Bulkeley said the bid win would greatly impact a goal to see the state's female playing stocks reach 30 per cent of total registrations.
"No matter where it's held, every four years we see a great spike in new girls signing up to play football off the back of Women's World Cup," Bulkeley said.
"We're optimistic that following this exciting announcement, female football in Tasmania will see an even bigger spike in participation than usual.
"The Matildas are already one of Australia's favourite sporting teams and who knows, having the World Cup on Australian shores might even help Tasmania uncover its next Matilda."
Football Tasmania's women's development officer Debra Banks stayed awake for the decision in the early hours of Friday morning and celebrated afterwards via a Zoom party.
The Welsh-born former elite-level swimmer said Australia's first-ever World Cup would draw even more young women to the sport.
"I'm really chuffed," Banks said.
"It just validates all the time, the effort and the sacrifices that our female footballers, their parents and the clubs and all the volunteers make, it validates all of that hard work.
"For us in Tassie, it's up to FIFA to decide if we can actually get a game here in Launny, but wow if we do.
"And does it mean now as well that perhaps our government might take our sport a bit more seriously and show that through proper funding, that's the big question."
The decision was also met with great excitement at Launceston City, who have returned to the women's Northern Championship this season.
Junior star Darcie Reilly said she would be a certain spectator at any international match played in Launceston.
"It's always been like you've always had to go to the mainland to watch any big game, so now its really exciting it's coming here to Launceston," the 14-year-old said.
"You always need to support women's soccer in general, if you can go along, have a watch of whatever teams come."
The Matildas made it to the round of 16 in last year's World Cup in France before being knocked out on penalties by Norway.
Three successive quarter-final exits in the 2015, 2011 and 2007 tournaments mark their best showings at a World Cup.
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