listen to pfa ceo john didulica discuss australia's failed world cup bid
PFA CEO John Didulica questions why a formal review of Australia’s failed 2022 FIFA World Cup bid has not been conducted.
While Mr Diduilica concedes it was “impossible for Australia to be successful” in their bid, many lessons can be learned ahead of potentially bidding for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Mr Didulica believes the ramifications of the failed bid have been significant in stagnating football’s progression in Australia.
“I think at any measure the bid was an abject failure and sent the game backwards,” Mr Didulica said.
In addition to a transparent review, Mr Didulica told Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Calcio Café the FFA must articulate why the bid was proposed.
“In hindsight it was such a monumental misjudgement, “Mr Didulica said.
The bid was conducted in 2008 at a time where Australia had been accepted into the AFC, implemented a professional league and were on the way towards qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
Hence Mr Didulica says “a bid for a World Cup made sense in that paradigm.”
Calcio Café airs daily from 7am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to the full interview here