U.S. Soccer Preparing Bid To Host 2027 Women's World Cup
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On the heels of the announcement of Kate Markgraf as the first general manager of the USWNT, the USSF has stated it will be preparing a bid to host the 2027 Women's World Cup. The 2027 bid has been hinted at over the past year, with president Carlos Cordeiro mentioning a potential bid at a USSF meeting in February.
U.S. Soccer also reaffirmed they intend to bid for the 2027 Women's World Cup in the final section."In addition, we hope to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup here in the United States, which would be another tremendous boost to women’s soccer in our country."
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Markgraf has been put in charge of readying the bid as part of her duties as general manager of the USWNT.
With the United States already set to host the men’s 2026 World Cup alongside Mexico and Canada, if the 2027 bid is accepted, the United States would become the first nation to host two World Cups within a two-year span.
The U.S. isn’t the only country interested in making a bid; the Netherlands and Chile plan on making bids, and there is even a massive bid from Scandinavia that would involve six nations (Denmark, Faroe Islands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland), which will be considered by FIFA.
A potential obstacle for the U.S. is that the host for the 2023 Women’s World Cup has not been decided, which means that once a host has been chosen, the countries whose bids are rejected by FIFA may attempt to bid for 2027 instead, significantly lowering the United States' odds of hosting. Another factor that must be considered is the fact the United States has already hosted two Women’s World Cups, tied with China for the most all time, so FIFA may be more likely to accept a bid from a country that hasn’t had the opportunity to host a Women’s World Cup.
Regardless, the potential of the United States being a hub for international soccer for two years in a row is certainly something U.S. soccer fans should get excited about.