FIFA to pick 2023 Women’s World Cup host next month

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ZURICH — The 2023 Women’s World Cup host will be picked by FIFA’s ruling council on June 25 as the USWNT aim to make it three titles in a row.

The contest is between Brazil, Japan, Colombia, and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand.

In an open vote of the 37-member FIFA Council, the result of each round of balloting and each voter’s choice will be made public.

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FIFA inspection teams visited the four bid candidates in January and February before international travel was restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“FIFA is now finalizing the evaluation report, which will be published in early June,” FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura added the following:

“FIFA remains committed to implementing the most comprehensive, objective and transparent bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This is part of our overall commitment to women’s football that, among other things, will see FIFA invest USD 1 billion in women’s football during the current cycle,” Samoura said.

The 2023 World Cup will be the first to feature 32 teams as the last two editions, both won by the USWNT, had 24 teams.