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Japan ‘to exit race’ for 2023 Women’s World Cup

Japan midfielder Hina Sugita dribbles the ball as USA midfielder Tobin Heath closes in during the 2020 SheBelieves Cup game (by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Australia and New Zealand appear poised to land hosting rights to the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup amid reports that Japan will drop its bid for the national team football tournament.