US lines up bid for 2027 Women’s World Cup

August 16 – The United States will plan to bid for the 2027 Women’s World Cup, according to the president of US Soccer Carlos Cordeiro.

Cordeiro’s remarks came during a conference call with reporters in which he announced Kate Markgraf as the new general manager of the US Women’s National Team, which will see her take charge of what Cordeiro called ‘Vision 2027’.

He said: “Not surprisingly, that is linked to us bidding to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup.”

It was the second time that Cordeiro hinted at the US bidding for the 2027 tournament. At US Soccer’s General Meeting in February, he said:  “We need to ensure excellence across all our women’s teams. So when we look ahead to 2027 we can imagine – dare I say, dream – of once again hosting the Women’s World Cup right here in the United States, including a win on home soil.”

A bid is dependent on approval by US Soccer’s board of directors, but if the US were to push on with a bid they’d face competition from the Netherlands, Chile and a reported combined pan-Scandinavian bid consisting of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Next year FIFA will award the hosting rights for the 2023 Women’s World Cup with Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa as well as South Korea among the initial bidders. The bidding process was reopened after the world federation fast tracked the tournament’s expansion to 32 teams. Brazil and Australia have already confirmed that they will remain in the race.

After the 2023 decision, FIFA is expected to open the bidding process for the next Women’s World Cup. The US hosted the Women’s World Cup in 1999 and 2003, a tournament that was moved away from hosts China when the SARs epidemic broke out.

In 2026 the US will host the World Cup together with subsidiaries Mexico and Canada, the world’s prime sporting event returning to American shores after 30 years.

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