Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have submitted a joint candidacy to international soccer governing body FIFA to host the Women’s World Cup in 2027, the national soccer associations announced on Friday.
A South American country announced its candidacy last month, and the United States and Mexico have also expressed interest, meaning the three countries will compete with Brazil to host the tournament.
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Member associations had until Friday to submit bids to FIFA. South Africa had also made a bid, but withdrew last month, opting instead to submit a “well-prepared bid” for the 2031 Games.
“Extensive and detailed consultations between the three federations and key stakeholders, including the central government, date back to 2021,” the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) said in a statement.
“This allows us to unite around the belief that our three countries are well placed to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup of unparalleled quality and impact. Ta.”
FIFA is planning its next on-site visit to the host country in February, before the host country is appointed by the FIFA Parliament in May.
The 2023 tournament was co-hosted this year by Australia and New Zealand, with Spain defeating England in the final.