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South Africa pulls out of competition to host 2027 Women’s World Cup bid

South Africa’s decision to withdraw their bid to host the Women’s World Cup in 2027 may seem like a setback, but the country’s football association (SAFA) is focusing on submitting a well-prepared bid for the 2031 tournament instead. SAFA CEO, Lydia Monyepao, highlighted the importance of putting their best foot forward rather than rushing the presentation. This strategic decision reflects their commitment to hosting a successful event in the future. With South Africa out of the running, the remaining candidates for the 2027 Women’s World Cup hosting rights are a joint bid from Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands, as well as individual bids from Brazil and a joint bid from Mexico and the United States. The decision on the hosts will be made by the FIFA Congress on May 17, 2024. This adds an element of anticipation to the event, especially after the recent success of the 2023 tournament held in Australia and New Zealand, which was won by Spain. Additionally, the upcoming co-hosting of the men’s World Cup in 2026 by the U.S., Mexico, and Canada further emphasizes the global appeal and excitement surrounding these prestigious soccer tournaments.
South Africa’s Football Association (SAFA) announced on Friday that the country has decided to withdraw its bid to host the Women’s World Cup in 2027. Instead, South Africa will focus on preparing a bid for the 2031 tournament. SAFA CEO Lydia Monyepao expressed that the decision was made to ensure a well-prepared bid for the 2031 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The remaining candidates for the 2027 tournament include a joint bid from Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands, Brazil, and a joint bid from Mexico and the United States. The hosts for the tournament will be decided at the FIFA Congress on May 17, 2024. The 2023 Women’s World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand, with Spain emerging as the victor. In 2026, the men’s World Cup will be co-hosted by the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

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