Twenty-four women sports journalists and sportswomen from across the Pacific and Asia are being offered commentary and mobile journalism training, and the chance to work at the Women’s World Cup in Australia in July.

There has been a flurry of applications from across the Pacific region including Vanuatu as confirmed by the coordinators.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s International Development unit (ABCID) has partnered with the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) to provide a program that develops skills and provides opportunities to women in sports media.

It’s believed to be the first time such a large-scale journalism training and development program has been implemented in conjunction with such a major sporting event.

ABCID Programme Coordinator, Jo Elsom, said: “We are seeking expressions of interest from journalists and sports analysts in American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu and Vietnam.”

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the quadrennial international women’s association football championship contested by women’s national teams and organised by FIFA.

The tournament will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, and is scheduled to take place from July 20 to August 20.

It will be the first FIFA Women’s World Cup to have more than one host nation, and also the first senior World Cup for either sex to be held across multiple confederations, as Australia is in the Asian Confederation while New Zealand is in the Oceania Confederation.