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Joint Nordic bid proposed for 2027 Women’s World Cup

Beth Mead shoots past Ingrid Moe Wold during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

The Danish Football Association (DBU) has detailed plans for a joint Nordic bid for the 2027 Fifa Women’s World Cup.

The DBU said that a joint proposal from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Finland and Iceland is being considered, with Fifa said to be “positive” about the possibility of a co-hosting agreement for a future edition of its showpiece women’s event.

The respective federations met with the Nordic Council in Stockholm this week to present their ‘Vision 2027’ plans, which have been in the works for more than a year.

The project to explore the bid will initially focus on identifying the cities and stadia that would host matches. The 2027 Women’s World Cup will feature 32 teams and comprise 64 matches, with a minimum of eight stadia required from the host nation or nations.

DBU chairman Jesper Møller said: “We can see that the support for women’s football has come to stay – most recently at the World Cup in France, where the interest of filled stadiums and television viewers was huge.

“A joint World Cup in the Nordic region will not only provide a fantastic experience for the many football fans, but will also strengthen the important Nordic cooperation and community and hopefully inspire many football-mad girls and women. That is why it is also important with interest and support from the Nordic Council.”

The DBU said it has also set up a working group to explore the possibility of a Danish bid for the 2025 Women’s European Championships.

The DBU’s announcement comes as Fifa considers bids for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. Eight candidates remain in the bidding process: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea, whose bid potentially including neighbouring North Korea.