US and Mexico join bid race for 2027 Women’s World Cup hosting

April 20 – The US and Mexico have thrown their hat into the ring with a joint bid for the 2027 Women’s World Cup. They will rival bids by Brazil and South Africa as well as the European triumvirate of Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.

On Wednesday, the deadline day to submit expressions of interest, US Soccer and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) announced their bidding plans to land the flagship tournament of the women’s game in 2027. Bid agreements will be due by May 19 and official bids by 8 December.

“The United States has always been a global leader for the women’s game and we would be honoured to co-host the world’s premier event for women’s soccer along with Mexico,” said US Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone.

“Hosting the 2027 Women’s World Cup provides us an incredible opportunity to cap off two historic years of World Cup soccer in the Concacaf region, helping us continue to grow the game among our confederation associations.”

The US hosted the tournament in 1991 and 1999, while Mexico have never staged a Women’s World Cup. However, the Mexicans have built a strong women’s ecosystem with the rise of the Liga Femenil MX.

Last July Mexico hosted Concacaf’s 8-team W Tournament in Monterrey, Mexico.

“Women’s football in Mexico has experienced sustained growth over the last five years and its development, both on and off the field, coupled with the female empowerment it has achieved and will continue to achieve, is one of the strategic priorities of the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol,” said FMF president Yon de Luisa.

Alongside Canada, the United States and Mexico will also host the 2026 World Cup, the first global finals in a 48-team format. The dual bid will go up against Brazil, South Africa and the joint Belgium, Netherlands and Germany bid. This summer Australia and New Zealand will co-host the finals in a 32-team format.

FIFA will award the hosting rights for the 2027 tournament at its annual congress in May 2024.

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