Women's World Cup 2023: Potential Host Countries, Rumoured Format Changes, More

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2019

The trophy of the 2019 FIFA Women World Cup is pictured during the final draw of the 2019 FIFA Women World cup football tournament in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, on December 8, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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After the success of the FIFA 2019 Women's World Cup finals in France, attention will soon turn to the potential hosts of the 2023 edition.

Multiple nations have entered the World Cup bidding process in order to win the governing body's endorsement.

Countries must currently submit their final bid to FIFA on October 4, with the host expected to be announced on March 20, 2020.   

                 

2023 Official Candidates

Australia

Brazil

Colombia

Japan

South Korea and North Korea

Argentina

New Zealand

South Africa

Bolivia

               

Women's football has witnessed a surge of popularity worldwide over the past decade, and nine bidders are vying to become the next host of the World Cup.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino wants to expand the competition to 32 teams, with the supremo ready to re-open submissions if the change is approved.

According to Reuters (via the Guardian), Infantino has called the 2019 World Cup the most successful ever and said he wants to double existing prize money to $60 million (£48 million).

"I want to expand the tournament to 32 teams. We will have to act quickly to decide if we are to increase it for 2023, if we do, we should reopen the bidding process to allow everyone to have a chance or maybe co-host. Nothing is impossible."

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 05:  FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks during the FIFA Closing Press Conference at Stade de Lyon on July 05, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Infantino added FIFA will increase its investment in the women's game to over $1 billion over a four-year period, with a new qualification structure implemented for the World Cup, per Reuters. The president also wants to create a Club World Cup for the women's game.

Infantino's comments could trigger further bids, with no European nation currently in the process.

Africa also has no participant in the official bidding, and the chance to host an expanded competition could appeal to major nations.

The next World Cup will be the ninth edition, with notable countries hosting previous tournaments.

China and the United States have both held two World Cup finals, and Sweden, Canada, Germany and France have hosted the competition.

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