In light of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having around the world and the postponement of the FIFA Council meeting that was foreseen to take place in early June 2020 in Addis Ababa, FIFA has today confirmed to the bidding member associations that the selection of the host(s) of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ by the FIFA Council will be made at its meeting to be held online on 25 June 2020.
In the most competitive bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, four bids are in the race to host this showpiece competition:
- Joint submission by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football
- Submission by the Brazilian Football Association
- Submission by the Colombian Football Association
- Submission by the Japan Football Association
All of the bid books, along with their respective executive summaries, are available on FIFA.com:
“FIFA remains committed to implementing the most comprehensive, objective and transparent bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This is part of our overall commitment to women’s football that, among other things, will see FIFA invest USD 1 billion in women’s football during the current cycle,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.
Following inspection visits to all bidding member associations, FIFA is now finalising the evaluation report, which will be published in early June on FIFA.com.
All eligible bids will be presented to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 host(s) within the scope of an open voting process, in which the result of each ballot and the related votes by the members of the FIFA Council will be made public on FIFA.com. Further details are available in the Voting Procedure (link), which has been approved by the Bureau of the FIFA Council.
While France 2019 went down in history for setting new standards for women’s football competitions, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is set to write a new piece of history as it will be the first edition to feature 32 teams.
A full overview is available in the Guide to the Bidding Process for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.