South Africa withdraw bid to host 2027 Women's World Cup

football25 November 2023 22:09| © AFP
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South Africa have pulled out of the contest to host the 2027 Women's World Cup, citing fears they would have to deliver a "rushed presentation" to Fifa during December.

The deadline for submitting comprehensive plans for the tournament is 8 December and South African officials believe it would be wiser to try and host the following edition in 2031.

"We felt it was better to present a well-prepared bid for 2031... rather than producing a rushed presentation," said South African Football Association chief executive Lydia Monyepao.

The withdrawal of South Africa reduces the 2027 contest to three bids – joint ones by Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and Mexico and the United States, and one from Brazil.

A Fifa congress on 17 May 2024 will decide which bid succeeds and follows co-hosts Australia and New Zealand in staging the increasingly popular four-yearly tournament.

Spain are the champions having defeated England 1-0 in a final watched by a crowd of 75 784 in Sydney last August.