By Duncan Mackay

ACC LiverpoolLiverpool have been awarded the 2019 Netball World Cup, it was announced by the International Netball Federation (INF) today. 

The tournament will be staged at Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) Liverpool, a multipurpose events venue located on the former Kings Dock which has staged several England internationals in the past.

"We're absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the right to stage the World Cup, the biggest competition in netball," said Joanna Adams, England Netball's chief executive.

"With participation increasing in the sport, this will provide a welcome incentive to build upon our momentum and increase the visibility of netball in our country."

This will be only the third time that England has hosted the competition in its 56-year history, having previously staged it in Eastbourne in 1963 and Birmingham in 1995. 

England was the sole bidder for the tournament, which is held every four years and is due to take place in 2015 in Sydney after they were chosen ahead of Manchester.  

"England put in a strong bid and we are confident that they will deliver an outstanding event in an excellent venue in the city of Liverpool," said Molly Rhone, President of the INF. 

"It is an exciting time for netball right now, which is growing at an unprecedented rate throughout the world. 

"We look forward to seeing this growth continue to soar and to working with the Organising Committee in bringing the INF's most important event to England in 2019."

Liverpool has regularly hosted England netball matches ©Getty ImagesLiverpool has regularly hosted England netball matches ©Getty Images

The 2019 Netball World Cup forms part of UK Sport's Gold Event Series, which is investing around £40 million ($64 million/€51 million) of National Lottery funding to bring up to 100 world-class events to Britain to help build a strong legacy from London 2012 and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where netball was one of the most popular attractions. 

"UK Sport is delighted England Netball's outstanding bid for the 2019 World Cup has been successful," said Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport and a former head of England Netball. 

"Netball is thriving with unprecedented growth in participation, support from sponsors and exposure in the media. 

"Add to this the Government's strong commitment to promoting women's sport, and I really do believe that Liverpool offers the perfect platform to help the International Netball Federation develop and grow this fantastic sport, not just in England but globally. 

"I am convinced we can help deliver a remarkable tournament in Liverpool in 2019 that will promote the growth of netball and once again demonstrate the considerable value we place on women's sport in the UK."

Australia celebrate winning the 2011 World Cup in Singapore, a title they will be defending in Sydney later this year ©Getty ImagesAustralia celebrate winning the 2011 World Cup in Singapore, a title they will be defending in Sydney later this year ©Getty Images

Either Australia or New Zealand have been among the winners on every occasion since the tournament was first held in 1963.

Australia won the last tournament staged in Singapore in 2011, beating New Zealand 58-57 in the final.

England's best performance came in 1975 when they were runners-up in the tournament held in Auckland, losing to Australia in the final.

A total of 16 teams are expected to compete in Liverpool in 2019 in a tournament that will last up to 10 days.

Netball was among the most popular sports at last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow ©Getty ImagesNetball was among the most popular sports at last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow ©Getty Images

"I am thrilled that Liverpool has been chosen to stage the Netball World Cup in 2019," said Liverpool's Mayor Joe Anderson.

"It is a huge honour and vote of confidence, and demonstrates our track record in delivering major quality events.

"Sport is hugely important in Liverpool and we have committed to a 10-year partnership with England Netball to build participation and grow the audience up to and beyond the event through a series of top internationals. 

"Our aim is to inspire people to participate in the sport and develop the next generation of netballers.

"The stunning ACC Liverpool will be the perfect stage for the event and we are looking forward to welcoming a global audience of competing nations and putting on a show the sport can be truly proud of."

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