Belgium expresses interest in 2023 Women’s World Cup

World football’s governing body Fifa has announced that Belgium has expressed an interest in hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Fifa today (Monday) said the Belgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA/KBFV) has joined the nine other countries that had announced their interest before last month’s decision by the ruling Fifa Council to expand the tournament from 24 to 32 teams for its 2023 edition.

Fifa said Belgium’s expression of interest came after this decision, meaning it joins Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and a proposed joint bid from North and South Korea.

All 10 member associations have received the overview of the bidding process, including updated high-level hosting requirements, and will have until September 2 to confirm their participation. Furthermore, up until the deadline for bid submissions, any member association wishing to join an existing bid will be permitted to do so provided that it also submits a bidding registration to Fifa.

Bid books and associated signed hosting agreements will need to be lodged with Fifa by December 13, with a host expected to be decided in May 2020.

France held the 2019 Women’s World Cup from June 7 to July 7.