With football fever soon to reach fever pitch as the Germany World Cup nears, Commonwealth Games Minister Justin Madden believes Victoria would be the ideal place for the 2018 event to be staged.
“The Games have been highly successful and I think people now expect us to do something as significant again in the future,” Mr Madden said. The 2006 World Cup finals will be spread across 12 German cities, with Mr Madden suggesting the same setup could be applied if Australia was to be successful in winning the hosting rights.
“I’m sure there would be many people, not only in this state, but across the country, that would be eager to pursue it,” he said. “Given the success of [the Commonwealth Games], I think there will no doubt be a scaling up of those conversations.”
With its recent acceptance into the Asian Football Confederation, Mr Madden believes Australia is the logical choice to stage one of sport’s greatest events. “If FIFA is serious about growing the game in the Asia-Pacific region, then the time can’t be too far away where they need to move into the region,” he added.
Meanwhile, the future of Perth Glory seems secure with Football Federation Australia (FFA) assuring the club there are a number of parties interested in taking over its licence for participation in the Hyundai A-League.