— Published 26 October 2023

Europe comes together for the 2027 World Cup

It’s now official: Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are making common cause in the race to host the Women’s World Cup in 2027. The three countries had been in discussions for several months about submitting a joint bid. According to the Belgian FA, the bid was submitted to FIFA this week. “The Federations are convinced that the three countries will be able to organise a World Cup of the highest level, explains a press release. The expectations for hosting this prestigious competition are ambitious and align with FIFA’s future vision of continuing to develop football on a global scale.” The European bid is not the only one in the running. Brazil and South Africa are also in the running. A joint bid by the United States and Mexico, who have already teamed up with Canada to host the men’s World Cup in 2026, is also in the pipeline. The deadline for applications is 8 December. FIFA will designate the host country or countries on 17 May 2024, at its annual congress in Bangkok.