Four bids have been received to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the heels of unprecedented worldwide attention to the 2019 version held in France.
The four bids include a joint proposal from Australia and New Zealand along with bids from Brazil, Colombia and Japan. None of those countries has hosted the Women’s World Cup before; Japan won the 2011 World Cup held in Germany, while Australia and Brazil have had traditionally strong women’s soccer teams.
Read the bids here: Australia/New Zealand | Brazil | Colombia | Japan
“France 2019 was certainly a watershed moment for women’s football and now it is FIFA’s responsibility to take concrete measures to keep fostering the game’s incredible growth,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said. “With the FIFA Women’s World Cup generating an unprecedented interest across member associations, we are ensuring that the process to select the hosts is seamless, objective, ethical and transparent. By the time the FIFA Council announces the hosts, there should be no doubt whatsoever as to why that choice was made.”
FIFA will make a decision on the host during a June meeting in Africa after it goes through an assessment process that includes inspection visits of each bid candidate. The 2023 event will be the first Women’s World Cup to have 32 teams; the selection of the 2023 host by the FIFA Council will be open and each ballot and the related votes will be made public.
The United States has won the past two FIFA Women’s World Cups, including in 2019 against the Netherlands in an event recognized by the SportsTravel Awards. U.S. Soccer has said it plans to bid for hosting rights to the 2027 event, one year after it will host the men’s World Cup along with Canada and Mexico.