Women's World Cup 2027: Belgium, Netherlands and Germany to present bid
A joint bid by Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany to host the 2027 Women's World Cup will be officially submitted to FIFA on Friday under the name BNG2027.
The host country will be announced at the FIFA Congress in Bangkok, Thailand, on 17 May. South Africa has withdrawn its candidacy, leaving Brazil and the USA-Mexico in the running against Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
According to earlier statements by Gijs de Jong, general secretary of the Dutch Football Association, it's uncertain whether the US and Mexico will retain their bid. "Brazil is going full steam ahead," said De Jong. "The USA and Mexico have more work to do. They also host the men's World Cup in 2026, and the 2028 Olympics are in Los Angeles. I think they might pull out, but that's just my opinion."
South Africa's withdrawal leaves many African countries undecided about who to vote for. "It's important to see how we can reach out to these countries," De Jong said. "Their votes could be decisive."
Germany is already set to host the men's European Championship next summer. Patrick Kisko, the German Football Association project manager, is banking on BNG2027's financial strength. "We want FIFA to understand that our bid will be a financial success," he said.
Germany previously hosted the Women's World Cup in 2011. This year's World Cup, held in Australia and New Zealand, generated 527 million euros in revenue. "I believe this figure can be significantly improved," Kisko said.
The FIFA Women's World Cup trophy at the final at Stadium Australia, Sydney, 20 August 2023 © PHOTO PRESSASSOCIATION