New Zealand international Hannah Wilkinson, who watched the decision in the early hours of Friday morning with her Football Ferns teammates Erin Nayler and Annalie Longo, couldn’t hide her delight.
“In the little hotel room watching on the laptop, the wait was just excruciating, but when we got the result I was just so, so stoked. We were screaming and poured a glass of champagne at around 4.01am maybe.”
“I think it will leave an amazing legacy for women’s football, specifically, but also for football in general as well,” she said.
The Ferns striker said playing in a World Cup in packed stadiums on home soil would be a dream come true.