Brazil announced as host of 2027 FIFA Women's World Cup

Brazil was announced as the host for the Women's World Cup for 2027 on Friday. 211 member nations voted on the bid during the 74th FIFA Congress in Bangkok to decide between Brazil and a joint bid from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands as hosts for the next edition of the tournament.

Between Brazil and the joint candidacy of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, only two candidates were in the running. Mexico and the United States had shown interest but withdrew their joint candidacy at the end of April to fully support the organisation in 2031. In 2026, the men's World Cup will be played in both countries in a joint candidacy with Canada. Last year, the Women's World Cup took place in Australia and New Zealand, where Spain won the world title for the first time.

This was the first time Congress had voted on the hosts for a women's tournament. Previously, the choice of hosts was based on votes from the FIFA Council. The 182-page report assessed many different aspects of the two candidacies, including infrastructure (stadiums, accommodations), marketing, sustainability, human rights and legal themes. Questions were raised, especially regarding the Belgian host cities and stadiums.

Brazil was confirmed as the front-runner during FIFA's evaluation report of the two bids; the country has never hosted a Women's World Cup but hosted the men's tournament in 1950 and 2014.

The 2027 tournament will take place between 24 June and 25 July. The opening and closing games will be played in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, which can hold 73,000 fans.

Brazilian representative Duda Pavao makes a speech in favour of Brazil's bid to host the 2027 Women's World Cup during the 74th FIFA Congress in Bangkok © PHOTO MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP

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