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United States and Mexico withdraw from bid to host 2027 Women’s World Cup and shift focus to 2031

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United States and Mexico withdraw from bid to host 2027 Women's World Cup and shift focus to 2031

The U.S. Soccer Federation and the Mexican Soccer Federation have dropped their bid to co-host the 2027 Women’s World Cup, they announced Monday, and are expected to shift their focus to the 2031 edition of the competition.

The two remaining bids to host the 2027 World Cup come from Brazil and a neighboring country of Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. All but Germany would host the competition for the first time after hosting the 2011 World Cup, while Brazil would host South America for the first time.

FIFA will decide who will host the next Women’s World Cup at the FIFA Congress on May 17 in Bangkok, Thailand, and is expected to award the rights for next year’s 2031 edition.

“Hosting a World Cup tournament is a huge undertaking – and if we have extra time to prepare, we can maximize its impact around the world,” U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said in a statement. “I am proud of our commitment to providing equal experiences for players, fans and all our stakeholders. By shifting our bid, we can host a record-breaking Women’s World Cup in 2031, which will help grow and raise the standard of the World Cup. women’s game, both here at home and around the world.”

The decision means the US and Mexico will not host back-to-back men’s and women’s World Cups, which could have been a possibility given the pair will co-host the men’s edition in 2026 with Canada. The USSF and the FMF plan to use that World Cup as a big data point for the success of a 2031 edition.

“The strength and universality of our professional women’s leagues, coupled with our experience organizing the 2026 World Cup, means we will be able to provide the best infrastructure and an enthusiastic fan base that will make all participating teams feel at home. and to put together a World Cup that will contribute to the continued growth of women’s football,” FMP president Ivar Sisniega said in a statement.

The joint US-Mexico bid was expected to set attendance records thanks to the US’ high-capacity NFL stadiums and generate record revenues. The bidders predicted that 4.5 million people would attend and that the tournament would generate a total of $3 billion in revenue. The bid also called for equal investment in the women’s and men’s World Cups.

The US has hosted two Women’s World Cups: once in 1999 and once in 2003. If another edition ever takes place, it would be the first since the exponential growth of women’s football, which is attracting more attention and investment than ever before.

While no one has formally applied to host the 2031 Women’s World Cup, the US and Mexico are not the only ones considering this move – England floated the idea of ​​hosting the tournament for the first time that year.