The final number of bids to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup is four after Brazil, Colombia, Japan and Australia/New Zealand made submissions.
FIFA will now implement an assessment process, including inspection visits to the member associations which are expected to take place across January and February 2020. Once finalised, the evaluation report will be presented to the FIFA Council, which is set to select the host(s) of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 at its meeting in Addis Ababa in June 2020.
Following on from the success of this year’s finals in France and the subsequent unanimous decision by the FIFA Council, the FIFAWWC2023 will be the first edition of the women’s showpiece to feature 32 teams.
“France 2019 was certainly a watershed moment for women’s football, and now it is FIFA’s responsibility to take concrete measures to keep fostering the game’s incredible growth. With the FIFA Women’s World Cup generating an unprecedented interest across member associations, we are ensuring that the process to select the hosts is seamless, objective, ethical and transparent. By the time the FIFA Council announces the hosts, there should be no doubt whatsoever as to why that choice was made,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino told fifa.com.