On the day that bids are due to FIFA, U.S. Soccer and the Mexico Football Federation officially submitted a joint bid to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup, entitled the “New Heights” bid.
Along with the U.S./Mexico joint bid which had been earlier revealed as in the works and made official on Friday, a bid has been submitted from Europe with the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium as well as a bid from Brazil. The 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the second tournament with 32 nations in play after the first expanded tournament was held earlier this year and co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
“This is a pivotal time for women’s soccer,” said U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone. “The U.S. and Mexico are in a unique position to host a World Cup that will leverage the same venues, infrastructure and protocols used for the Men’s World Cup just a year prior. As a result, we believe the time is right to host a FIFA Women’s World Cup that features a truly world-class experience for players and fans, alike. This will not only unlock the economic potential of women’s soccer, it will send a message to young players around the world that there is no limit to what they can achieve.”
The bid book proposes each of the 11 U.S. cities that will host games in the Men’s World Cup in 2026 to also host games in 2027. The bid includes Guadalajara, Leon, Mexico City, Monterrey and Querétaro for Mexico host cities. Of the 11 U.S. cities, the bid book lists the Rose Bowl as the stadium host in Los Angeles; for the Men’s World Cup in 2026, games will be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
The United States, Mexico and Canada will combine to host the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup. The U.S./Mexico bid for the 2027 event said it plans to leverage efficiencies from 2026 including sporting and transportation infrastructure, as well as safety protocols. Canada is not part of the 2027 bid after it hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup by itself in 2015.
“This is a once-in-a-generation moment for soccer in our countries,” said JT Batson, U.S. Soccer chief executive officer and secretary general. “U.S. Soccer and Mexico Football are excited to partner to host two World Cups in as many years – and to do it with equity at the forefront of the bid – representing our commitment to growing the game for everyone. Together with Mexico, U.S. Soccer put forward a bid that will expand access to soccer in communities across the country and lay the foundation for a legacy that will grow the game.”
The New Heights proposal says a FIFA Women’s World Cup in the U.S. and Mexico would sell out high-capacity stadiums for every match, with most of the venues over 65,000 seats, and to host fan festivals for millions more.
“We are delighted to partner with U.S. Soccer to present the bid for the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup,” added Ivar Sisniega, president of Mexico Football. “All of the teams that take part in this tournament will experience the warmth and support of our fans, as evident by the success of our women’s professional leagues. This is a great opportunity to grow women’s football and provide the players equal conditions so that they can shine and show the world what great players they are.”
FIFA will have on-site inspection visits in February 2024 and the 2027 host is expected to be named by the FIFA Congress on May 17, 2024. The United States hosted the tournament in 1999, when the host team won a historic tournament that broke attendance and viewing records, and again in 2003, when U.S. Soccer had 12 weeks to organize the event after it was moved from China. Mexico has not hosted the Women’s World Cup before.
“This is a unique opportunity for our women’s game as we launched the professional league a few years ago,” said Iñigo Riestra, secretary general and chief legal officer for Mexico Football. “This event will help us develop the game not only in North America, but globally. We are so glad to be partnering with U.S. Soccer to deliver the best FIFA Women’s World Cup of all time.”