Fifa has confirmed that all nine international football federations which showed interest last month in hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup have met its deadline for formal expressions of interest – including a joint bid from North and South Korea.
The deadline for initial registration of interest was yesterday and Fifa have confirmed that the race to win the hosting rights for the World Cup will see the two Koreas joined by Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.
North and South Korea have made sport a central part of their recent détente. The two nations are also formulating a joint hosting proposal for the 2032 Olympic Games.
For Brazil and South Africa, the Women’s World Cup represents an opportunity to utilise venues that have stood as white elephants since the two countries staged the men’s World Cup in 2014 and 2010 respectively.
The deadline for submitting official formal bid plans is on October 4 this year, with the winner set to be selected by the Fifa Council next March. Football’s global governing body recently confirmed that that vote will be public, having previously suggested it would be a secret ballot.
There is just over a month until the opening fixture of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which will take place in France.