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S. Africa lobbies to host 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Johannesburg, S.A | Xinhua | South Africa will send officials to New Zealand to solicit support for the country’s bid to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the South African Football Association (SAFA) said on Wednesday.

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup draw will be held in Auckland on Saturday. The SAFA said they will send president Danny Jordaan to convince the world that the country has the infrastructure and capability to host the tournament.

“We have the infrastructure, the stadiums, the hotels and the training venues, and what helps is that we have already hosted a World Cup of 32 teams in 2010. The infrastructure is in place and we have the capacity to deliver. The world knows our capacity, they have seen the stadiums and our infrastructure,” said Jordaan.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) gave Jordan a letter of support to present as a supporting document.

“This serves to confirm that SAFA is a member of SASCOC and is a member in good standing. We acknowledge that hosting of either continental or world tournaments in South Africa places the country at the highest level globally and adds value to our economy. SASCOC fully supports and appreciates such intentions with focus on addressing women development and growth,” read the letter.

“The recent achievements by Banyana Banyana [South Africa’s national women’s football team] attest to the commitments from your federation. We are therefore looking forward to SAFA making a superb presentation for the opportunity to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup,” it added.

Chile, Italy, the United States, Mexico and the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) have expressed interest in hosting the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup, while South Africa’s bid and a joint bid from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands are the ones that have been confirmed.

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