2027 Women’s World Cup: the organization awarded to Brazil

2027 Women’s World Cup: the organization awarded to Brazil

Brazil will host the first Women’s World Cup organized in South America in 2027, FIFA announced this Friday, meeting at a Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Brazilian file beat the joint candidacy of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, by 119 votes to 78.

“I feel extremely emotional, we know it was going to be very difficult. It is a victory for Latin American football, and for women’s football in Latin America,” declared the president of the Brazilian Federation, Ednaldo Rodrigues. “Rest assured, with all humility, that we will truly organize the best Women’s World Cup in 2027,” declared the leader, speaking in the wake of the announcement of the victorious candidacy.

Thirty-two teams

For its tenth edition, the competition is preparing to explore a new continent, in the wake of the success of the 2023 vintage, in Australia and New Zealand, which broke commercial and audience records, in a format with 32 teams used for the first time.

Competition to host major football competitions has become rare. The 2028 and 2032 editions of the men’s Euro were allocated last year to single files, pending the 2030 and 2034 World Cups where only one contender appears each time.

Brazil, home of legendary players Formiga and Marta, had obtained a better technical score (4.0/5 against 3.7/5) from the experts of the body, in particular thanks to stadiums considered more efficient. The Auriverde file is based on ten venues which have already been used during the Men’s World Cup in 2014, including the legendary Maracana, in Rio de Janeiro, proposed to host the opening match and the final.

Some will nevertheless require work, in particular the Amazonia of Manaus, a “white elephant” that has been almost unused for ten years.

“Prodigious” benefits for women’s football

The Fifa report also highlighted the “prodigious” impact for women’s football that holding the competition in South America would have, where significant inequalities in salaries and infrastructure persist to the detriment of women.

Unlike its men’s counterpart, five times titled, the Brazilian women’s team has never won the World Cup. The Seleçao was eliminated last year in the group stage, during which it lost against France (2-1).

The West European candidacy suffered from legal complexities which threatened Fifa with possible additional costs, according to the evaluation report.

A time in the race and already co-organizers of the 2026 men’s World Cup alongside Canada, the United States and Mexico withdrew their joint candidacy last April, to focus on 2031.

News of the war in Gaza also broke into the cozy corridors of the convention center hosting the 74th FIFA Congress, the first in Thailand. The Palestinian Federation (PFA) has called for an immediate vote on the suspension of its Israeli counterpart (IFA), in connection with the conflict which killed dozens of footballers and destroyed all of Gaza’s sports infrastructure, according to the president of the PFA, Jibril Rajoub.

Israel denounced from the pulpit a “cynical” request, which “has nothing to do” with the activities of the IFA, declared IFA President Shino Moshe Zuares.

Fifa President Gianni Infantino, while rejecting the idea of ​​a vote in Congress, announced the launch of an “independent legal expertise” whose conclusions will be read to the Fifa Council which will meet by July 20 to make “appropriate decisions”.

The delegates also removed from the statutes the mention establishing the headquarters of Fifa in Zurich, where the body has been established since 1932, which denies any concrete plans to move. The seat must now be “determined by decision of Congress”, without geographical precision.

The body also increased the number of commissions fivefold (from 7 to 35), reversing the good governance measures taken in 2016 following the scandals that highlighted the corruption plaguing these structures.

The 28 new commissions address themes related to coaches, e-football or racism.

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