With the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup now less then four months away, the bidding process has been announced for hosting the 2023 edition of the competition.
Member associations will have until 15 March 2019 to submit a completed expression of interest form to FIFA. Nearly a year later, in March 2020, FIFA’s Council is expected to appoint the host(s) of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The key dates of the bidding process are:
- 15 March 2019: Deadline to submit the completed expression of interest form to FIFA
- 18 March 2019: FIFA to dispatch the bidding registration and overview documents
- 16 April 2019: Deadline to submit the completed bidding registration to FIFA
- 18 April 2019: FIFA to dispatch hosting documents to the member associations that have returned the bidding registration by the above deadline
- 4 October 2019: Submission of the bid book, the signed hosting agreement and all other hosting documents to FIFA
- March 2020: Expected appointment date of the host(s) by the FIFA Council
Australia are the only confirmed bidders to date but interest has been expressed by Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand
“Interest in women’s football continues to grow and following this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, it is certain to reach an all-time high. FIFA believes that women’s football still has even more potential for growth and we look forward to receiving hosting submissions for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, to see how potential host countries will aim to promote the ultimate competition in women’s football, and create a sustainable legacy that will inspire upcoming generations of young girls and women to get involved in the game,” FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman told fifa.com.
Meanwhile, six Scandinavian nations; Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands are in talks over a possible joint bid to host the 2027 finals.