Five nations in the bidding for next Women’s World Cup
Sam Kerr and the Matildas showed how big the Women's World Cup can be. Photo: Getty
Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands have officially submitted their joint bid to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup, making it a battle bewteen three continents.
The bid was submitted to FIFA on Friday, with Brazil and a joint bid from the United States and Mexico also in the running.
The aim of the European bid is to increase revenue by 50 per cent compared to this year’s tournament, won by Spain.
The World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand in July and August, racked up record revenues totalling more than $A862 million.
The three joint bidders for 2027 have called their bid “Breaking New Ground,” using the initials of each country in English.
The hosting decision will be made on May 17 next year at the FIFA Congress in Bangkok.
The United States, which will organise the next men’s World Cup in 2026 along with Mexico and Canada, hosted the Women’s World Cup in 1999 and 2003. The tournament has never been to South America.
Germany, which hosted the Women’s World Cup in 2011, is entering the race with the four cities of Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Gelsenkirchen and Cologne – all near the borders with their fellow bidders.
Belgium would like to organise World Cup matches in Brussels, Charleroi, Genk and Ghent, while the Netherlands are putting forward Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Heerenveen, Enschede and Rotterdam.
The final selection of 10 venues would be made by FIFA. The World Cup groups would be drawn in Brussels.