March 19 – A record nine nations, including a ground-breaking joint initiative from north and south Korea, have expressed interest in hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup, further evidence of how the global women’s game is growing in popularity.
Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, a joint Korean bid, New Zealand and South Africa have all officially entered the bidding process.
The nine submissions mark the longest ever list of member associations at this stage of the process tournament since its inaugural edition in 1991.
All nine of the interested nations have until 16 April to submit their completed registration to FIFA. Potential hosts then have until October 4 to formally submit their bids with FIFA to make a final decision in March 2020.
Unlike the men’s World Cup, where the full 211-nation FIFA membership now votes for the hosts, the 37-member FIFA Council awards the women’s event. But the results of how individual Council members voted will be made public.
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