The FIFA World Cup will be played in Australia, the Federal Government has announced.
The announcement was made in a statement by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.
“We will be bringing the 2018 World Cup to Australia and we are committed to supporting a vibrant and successful World Cup in Australia,” Mr Cormann said.
The Federal Government will host the 2022 FIFA World Championship in 2020.
“The 2022 World Championship will be hosted in Australia and our commitment to hosting a World Cup is strong and we will make sure that it is one of the world’s most successful sporting events.”
Mr Cormann, who has been working on a new tourism strategy for the Commonwealth, said the new plan would help attract more Australians to Australia’s growing tourism industry.
“It’s important to get Australians out there and to do so we need to get the public to enjoy what they do,” he said.
“They love the sport of soccer and the World Cup, and that’s why we are working to create a tourism plan that is aligned with that.”
The Federal Government is investing $20 million to build a new stadium in Brisbane for the 2022 tournament.
The plan calls for a $250 million redevelopment of the Brisbane Stadium, and $50 million for a new visitor accommodation facility.
Australia’s biggest sporting event will be held in Brisbane.
The 2022 World Football Confederation Cup Final will be staged in Brisbane on June 23.