Women’s World Cup council to choose host

Sports Reporter

FIFA has confirmed to bidding member associations that selection of the host for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 by the FIFA Council will be made at its online meeting on 25 June.

  The meeting was to take place in early June in Addis Ababa, but was postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  In the most competitive bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, four bids are in the race to host the competition.

  There is a joint submission by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand; more by the Brazilian Football Association; the Colombian Football Association and the Japan Football Association.

   FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura said: “FIFA remains committed to implementing the most comprehensive, objective and transparent bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This is part of our commitment to women’s football that will see FIFA invest US$1 billion in women’s football during the current cycle.” 

  Following inspection visits to the bidding associations, FIFA is now finalising the evaluation report, which will be published in early June on FIFA.com.

  “Eligible bids will be presented to the FIFA Council for it to select the host within the scope of an open voting process, in which the result of each ballot and related votes by the FIFA Council will be made public on FIFA.com,” Samoura said. 

  Further details are available in the Voting Procedure (link), which has been approved by the Bureau of the FIFA Council.

  The 2023 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup is set to be the first to feature 32 teams.

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