South Africa will bid to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup with the aim of hosting the event on the continent for the first time.
L’South Africa was the first – and so far the only – country on the continent to host the Men’s World Cup, it was in 2010.
“The National Executive Committee (NEC) has decided that we should apply to host the Women’s World Cup in 2027,” said Tebogo Motlanthegeneral manager of the South African Football Federation (Safah).
“As an administration, we will duly inform the Fifa, then we will start the process of organizing the World Cup.”
In July, South Africa became African champions for the first time. They beat Morocco in the final of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Rabat.
The Banyana Banyana eliminated in 2019
Almost two years ago, the Netherlandsthe Belgium and theGermany have launched a joint bid for the 2027 competition. This bid will be among the main rivals of the South African proposal.
A joint Scandinavian candidacy was also mentioned, but as the Denmarkthe Norwaythe Finland and the Sweden bidding together to host the 2025 European Championship, the continental tournament could take priority.
Meanwhile, the United States also indicated that they would like to apply for the 2027 or 2031 World Cups.
Next year’s tournament in Australia and in New Zealand will form the first finals with 32 teams, an increase of eight teams from France 2019.
L’Africa and theSouth America will remain the only populated continents to have never organized Women’s World Cup.
Safa was in contention to host the 2023 World Cup but pulled out, saying it wanted to focus on developing the women’s national league.
The South African women’s team Banyana Banyanawas eliminated in the group stage in their first World Cup appearance in 2019 which was held in France.