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South Africa Withdraws 2027 Women's World Cup Bid

South Africa Withdraws 2027 Women's World Cup Bid

South Africa Withdraws 2027 Women's World Cup Bid
President of the South African Football Association (SAFA) Danny Jordaan (C) and FIFA's Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman (R) stand next to the Women's World Cup trophy during the FIFA Women's Trophy tour at Peoples Park in Durban, South Africa on April 7, 2019,(Image-Getty) 

South Africa has opted to withdraw its bid to host the 2027 Women's World Cup, as confirmed by the South African Football Association (SAFA). Despite being initially among the four bids acknowledged by FIFA, the country has chosen to redirect its efforts toward preparing a comprehensive bid for the 2031 tournament.

SAFA CEO Lydia Monyepao explained the decision, stating, "We felt that it was better to present a well-prepared bid for the 2031 FIFA Women’s World Cup and ensure we put our best foot forward, rather than producing a rushed presentation." This strategic move aims to prioritize thorough preparation over a hurried submission.

The remaining contenders for the 2027 Women's World Cup host are a joint bid from Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands, an individual bid from Brazil, and another joint bid by Mexico and the United States. The decision on the host country will be made by the FIFA Congress on May 17, 2024.

It's noteworthy that Australia and New Zealand successfully hosted the 2023 Women's World Cup, won by Spain. Looking ahead, the U.S., Mexico, and Canada are set to co-host the Men's World Cup in 2026.

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