Australia And New Zealand likely to host 2023 Women’s World Cup

There are three bids from four countries vying to host the 2023 FIFA’s Women’s World Cup. The final bids submitted are Australia/New Zealand, Colombia, and Japan. The official announcement of the host country for the tournament will be made on 25 June 2020.

FIFA has confirmed three bids to host the Women’s World Cup in 2023 have made it to the final stage of the process. Proposals from Japan and Colombia have qualified, as has a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand.

The FIFA Council will hold an online meeting and vote on June 25 to select the successful bid for a tournament that will involve 32 nations for the first time. FIFA’s update came “following a detailed assessment of the bid books and visits to the bidding countries”, as they published their Bid Evaluation Report.

“Three bids will be submitted to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 host(s),” added a statement from the governing body on Wednesday.

FIFA ranked the Australia-New Zealand bid as the “most commercially favourable” and the highest scoring overall with 4.1 points out of five.  Japan (3.9) and Colombia (2.8) were behind, but both were over the required threshold and proceed to the vote. The United States won the last Women’s World Cup, which was hosted by France in 2019.

FIFA has developed a robust evaluation model for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 bidding process that comprises the following key components:

  • a technical evaluation: an assessment of the main infrastructure and commercial criteria, applying an evaluation system established by FIFA;
  • a risk assessment: an assessment of the risks associated with certain criteria, including but not limited to human rights and sustainability, applying a specific rating.
  • a description: a summary of relevant information provided in the bid, such as the hosting vision and strategy, highlighting potential issues (without a technical evaluation or risk assessment).

The most competitive bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ will see the appointment of the host(s) of the 2023 showpiece following an open voting procedure by the FIFA Council, in which the result of each ballot and the related votes by the Council members will be made public on FIFA.com.

Following on from the astounding success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France and the subsequent unanimous decision by the FIFA Council, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be the first edition to feature 32 teams.

“One year after the record-breaking eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the FIFA Council will decide on the host(s) for the ninth edition of the tournament in 2023, which we hope will be even bigger and better. The quality of the bids is testimony to the tremendous momentum women’s football has generated and we are looking forward to building on this to take women’s football to the next level at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.

“We are looking forward to building on this to take women’s football to the next level at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.”

Brazil withdrew their proposal on Monday and will instead join the other South American nations in backing Colombia. The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said the current economic situation, fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, was one of the reasons for its withdrawal. It added that it would also be unfavoured due to hosting several big events in recent years, including the 2014 World Cup, 2016 Olympics and 2019 Copa America.

South America has never hosted a Women’s World Cup, while Asia has done so twice – in China in 1991 and 2007.

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