Sydney confirmed as 2027 Netball World Cup host

Sydney will host the Netball World Cup for the third time when the sport’s global showpiece returns to Australia in 2027.

The number-one-ranked Diamonds will again be among the favourites to win the 16-team tournament — with the host nation twice crowned world champions when it was previously hosted in the NSW capital in 1991 and 2015.

Australia was runner-up in 1967 when Perth became the first Australian city to host the quadrennial event — then contested by only eight teams.

The decision to award Australia hosting rights for the fourth time was made by the International Netball Federation (INF).

“Australia put in a strong bid and we are confident they will deliver an excellent event in the city of Sydney, as we have seen Netball Australia do so in the past,” INF President Liz Nicholl said.

“As our sport continues to grow and evolve at an unprecedented rate around the globe, we look forward to working with the Organising Committee and Netball Australia on netball’s growth and development whilst delivering a thrilling world-class event that will no doubt inspire all and work towards creating a better world through netball.”

At this stage, no venues have been confirmed for the tournament, but Sydney does have a number of options available while Newcastle and Wollongong could be in the frame to host matches.

The Diamonds were runners-up to New Zealand at the previous World Cup in Liverpool, England, and they will bid for a record-extending 12th crown when the event is hosted in South Africa for the first time in 2023, in Cape Town.

Before then the Diamonds will aim for gold at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, after their silver medal on the Gold Coast.

AAP

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