FIFA moves ahead with expanded Women's World Cup

The FIFA Council, the organization's executive body, gave unanimous approval for FIFA to expand the Women's World Cup from 24 teams to 32 for the 2023 finals.

Timeline. FIFA also updated the timeline for the bidding process:

August 2019: Current bidders must reconfirm their interest in bidding and any other federations must express their interest in bidding;
December 2019: Deadline for bid submissions
April 2020: Expected publication of Bid Evaluation Report
May 2020: Expected decision on the 2023 hosts (made by the FIFA Council).

Bidders. The nine current bidders -- Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea -- previously had until Oct. 4 to submit their bids. Significantly, FIFA has re-opened the bidding.

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The tournament is slated to be played a month later in 2023 -- July-August -- but the already delayed bid process will give the host country (or countries) more than a year less than France had to prepare for the 2019 Women's World Cup.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who pushed for the expanded tournament as part of his proposal to expand the women's game, said the aim is to "keep the momentum going and take concrete steps to foster the growth of women's football."

He said it goes beyond adding eight more Women's World Cup finalists.

"It means that, from now on, dozens more member associations will organize their women's football program knowing they have a realistic chance of qualifying," he added. "The Women's World Cup is the most powerful trigger for the professionalization of the women's game, but it comes just once every four years and is only the top of a much greater pyramid. In the meantime, we all have a duty to do the groundwork and strengthen women's football development infrastructure across all confederations."

5 comments about "FIFA moves ahead with expanded Women's World Cup".
  1. beautiful game, August 1, 2019 at 2:46 p.m.

    Of the current 24-teams at WC2019; the majority of teams are mediocre at best. Don Infantino is furthr watering down the next WC with 8-teams. Money is the only groundwork Infantino is talking. 

  2. Michael Taddonio, August 1, 2019 at 3:37 p.m.

           I agree with that statement.  The women's game has quite a way to go before it gets better.
    Besides, there are is TOO MANY games played. It is a glut of games. This is true of other sports, especially in the United States. Of course, money is a huge factor. Look at what happened with the World Cup in Russia and the upcoming one in Qatar. Money bought both of them. Also, politics played a huge role in the situation. The quality of the sport needs to be focused on.  

  3. uffe gustafsson, August 1, 2019 at 4:19 p.m.

    I want to counter that.
    if we want women’s soccer to reach a wider world.
    the WC is the biggest promoter of women’s soccer.
    we had several newcomers in France and some of them did very well, thinking Italy but also Argentina.
    there are several Asian countries that with WC in their sights will put more resources into their squads.
    its all about getting the federations to invest in women’s soccer. If it’s watered down for a cpl of WC then fine if we continue to look further down the road.
    unless we are content at looking at the same group of countries participating in every WC.
    and that won’t bring women’s game to the level of men’s WC. 

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, August 1, 2019 at 8:05 p.m.

    I still think that the better move is to have frequent regional/confederation competitions like they do for men's teams. More participation, more home games (more revenue), and less expense (less travel). Like the men's competitions, teams outside of the confederations may be invited to improve the experience and international relations.

    But that puts the sport ahead of the revenue.

  5. beautiful game, August 1, 2019 at 9:47 p.m.

    U.G., I have to counter your counter by asking how many global federations in women's soccer do you think are being properly funded in order to reach the next WC level. Let's say there are 5/6 teams of 24 which competed well in WC-2019, and you are OK with adding 8-more to an already watered down tournament? 

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