March 24 – FIFA has released first details of the bidding process for the hosting of the 2027 Women’s World Cup with the deadline for expressions of interest set for April 23. The final vote on hosts will be made at the FIFA Congress on 17 May 2024, leaving the hosts three years to organise the event.
FIFA said that it is launching “the most robust and comprehensive bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup”.
“The process for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2027™ maintains all key elements from the successful FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 bidding process, such as the publication of key content and documentation, the inclusion of robust rules of conduct and the implementation of a comprehensive evaluation model.”
FIFA said it will set up a Bid Evaluation Task Force once the bidding nations are known. Site visits are programmed to start in February 2024 with the aim to take the bids to the FIFA Council who will then approve three bids to go before a vote at the FIFA Congress.
Bid documents have to be submitted by December this year.
Brazil’s Sports Ministry confirmed in March that they will bid to host 2027.
They will be up against an expected joint bid from Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany and another bid by South Africa.
The United States are understood to be considering a bid, though reports are they could delay their bid and instead look to host the 2031 edition.
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: “The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2027 will build on the legacy of the record-breaking edition that Australia and New Zealand are due to organise in a few months. In line with FIFA’s commitment to women’s football, this bidding process sets new standards and puts us on track to host an outstanding event in 2027 on and off the pitch.”
Key Bidding dates:
19 May 2023: Member associations to confirm their interest in bidding to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup by submitting the Bidding Agreement
August 2023: Bid workshop and observer programme to take place during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
8 December 2023: Member associations to submit their bids to FIFA
February 2024: FIFA to organise on-site inspection visits to bidding countries
May 2024: Publication of FIFA’s Bid Evaluation Report
Q2 2024: Designation of bids by the FIFA Council
17 May 2024: Appointment of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2027 host(s) by the FIFA Congress
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