North and South Koreas still on course for joint 2023 Women’s World Cup bid

April 17 – A potential landmark joint bid from North and South Korea for the 2023 Women’s World Cup remains very much in the race

All nine federations which showed initial interest in hosting last month have met Tuesday’s deadline to register, says FIFA.

They include South Korea “expressing interest in a joint bid” with the north even though FIFA’s bidding process includes “a concrete commitment to sustainability and human rights.”

The nine, also including recent men’s World Cup hosts Brazil and South Africa, must submit formal bid plans by October 4. The other contenders are Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Colombia, Japan and New Zealand.

The 37-member FIFA Council will pick the winner next March and FIFA has now agreed after all to make its vote public, as it did following the ballot for the men’s World Cup in 2026 when the votes of all member associations were published.

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