Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany have announced a joint bid for the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC).
The bid is the first to be launched since FIFA opened the bidding process last week.
The three nation’s campaign is entitled ‘Breaking New Ground’ and takes the initial letter of each country.
Germany are the only one of the three to have previously hosted the competition, back in 2011.
“We want our joint bid to use this momentum and provide another boost to the women’s game,” German Football Association General Secretary, Heike Ullrich said.
Germany are the most success ful European nation in the WWC and have won the competition twice in 2003 and 2007.
“Our ambition is to present the best sporting conditions for the players and a unique atmosphere for the fans, while at the same time focusing on the ever-growing importance of staging major events as sustainably as possible,” Ullrich added.
The Netherlands hosted the 2017 UEFA European Championship and lifted the trophy after a 4-2 victory over Denmark in the final.
Belgium are the only one of the three not to have claimed a major continental trophy, but the number of women players in the country reached 50,000 last year.
Brazil and South Africa are also thought likely to bid.
FIFA claim the bidding process will be the “most robust and comprehensive bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”
Member associations have until April 21 to submit an expression of interest.
They will then be required to confirm their interest by submitting a bidding agreement by May 19.
A Bid Workshop and Observer Programme is planned during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.The deadline for bids is December 8.
FIFA’s evaluation group is then expected to make inspections in February 2024, before the FIFA Council selects a shortlist of up to three for the final vote scheduled for May 17 2024. –Insidethegames.biz
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