US Soccer plots 2027 Women’s World Cup bid

14 August 2019 | Stadia & Major Events
US Soccer plots 2027 Women’s World Cup bid
The President of US Soccer, Carlos Cordeiro, has indicated the country is planning a bid to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup.

Cordeiro’s comments came during a conference call with reporters in which he announced Kate Markgraf as the new general manager of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT), which will see her take charge of what Cordeiro is calling “Vision 2027.”

“Not surprisingly, that is linked to us bidding to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup,” the President said.

Cordeiro had previously hinted at a 2027 US bid during US Soccer’s annual general meeting in February. “We need to ensure excellence across all our women's teams,” he said. “So when we look ahead to 2027 we can imagine - dare I say, dream - of once again hosting the Women's World Cup right here in the United States, including a win on home soil."

Any bid to host the 2027 tournament would need to be approved by US Soccer’s board of directors, though ESPN reported that the national governing body said it was ‘very likely’ this would happen.

The country is apparently set to face competition from the Netherlands and Chile, with a combined bid consisting of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden also reportedly interested.

It is not yet clear when the US would submit their bid. FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, is yet to name a host for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which includes bids from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as South Korea.

A decision on 2023 is expected in March next year. FIFA is then likely to welcome bids for the 2027 edition.

The US has previously hosted the Women’s World Cup in 1999 and 2003, with the latter a last-minute decision after a SARs epidemic in China led to the tournament being relocated.

The news comes amid the ongoing pay dispute between the USWNT and US Soccer, with the situation further exasperated after Cordeiro claimed its women’s players were paid more than their male counterparts between 2010 and 2018.

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