FIFA Council to vote on 2023 Women’s World Cup hosts in June

May 18 – The 2023 Women’s World Cup host will be picked by FIFA’s ruling council on June 25.

The contest is between Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand in what FIFA said was the “most competitive bidding process” in the event’s 29-year history. None of the bidding nations have staged the event before.

In an open vote of the 37-member FIFA Council, the result of each round of balloting and each voter’s choice will be made public.

The hosts were originally due to be chosen at a FIFA Council meeting in Addis Ababa in June but that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“FIFA remains committed to implementing the most comprehensive, objective and transparent bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” said FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura.

FIFA inspection teams visited the four bid candidates in January and February before international travel was restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA said its evaluation report on the four bids will be published in early June. South Korea and South Africa dropped out of the race in December.

The 2023 tournament will feature 32 teams for the first time, up from 24 in France in 2019.

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