US, Mexico to bid for 2027 WWC

The United States and Mexico will bid to co-host the 2027 Women’s World Cup (WWC), the football federations from the two countries said yesterday.

US Soccer and the Mexican Foot­ball Federation (MFF) announced their plans one month before a May 19 deadline set by FIFA for hopeful host nations to formally submit bids.

The United States has hosted the Women’s World Cup twice before, in 1999 and 2003, while Mexico has never held the tournament.

If successful, the tournament would take place one year after the 2026 men’s World Cup in the Unit­ed States, Canada and Mexico.

“The United States has always been a global leader for the women’s game, and we would be honoured to co-host the world’s premier event for women’s soccer along with Mex­ico,” US Soccer president, Cindy Parlow Cone, said in a statement.

“Hosting the 2027 Women’s World Cup provides us an incredi­ble opportunity to cap off two his­toric years of World Cup soccer in the CONCACAF region, helping us continue to grow the game among our confederation associations,” Parlow Cone added.

MFF president, Yon de Luisa, said staging the tournament would be a catalyst for women’s football in Mexico.

“It is with pleasure that we are teaming up again with the US Soc­cer Federation in the pursuit of this World Cup for our region, which will undoubtedly be historic,” de Luisa said.

The host for the 2027 World Cup is expected to be decided at the FIFA Congress in May 2024.

The US-Mexico bid will face competition from a joint bid by Belgium, Germany and the Neth­erlands as well as bids from South Africa and Brazil.

The US-Mexico announcement comes ahead of this year’s Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.— AFP

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