Brazil, Colombia, Japan round out 2023 women's World Cup host bids

New Zealand defender Rebekah Stott and Australia's Stephanie Catley of Australia will hope to be playing in a home World Cup in 2023

New Zealand defender Rebekah Stott and Australia's Stephanie Catley of Australia will hope to be playing in a home World Cup in 2023

Other factors are the ongoing energy crisis brought on by the ineptitude of Eskom, as well as a lack of government support for a bid of this nature.

Federation Internationale de Football Association set a deadline of Friday (December 13 2019) by which they had to receive all bids to host the event.

Soccer's worldwide governing body will now assess the bids, which will include visiting each country. Japan is in the bidding, and Australia has entered a joint bid with New Zealand.

"We resolved that as an association we should not proceed with the bid", SAFA's acting CEO Gay Mokoena told the Sport Business website.

Once finalised, an evaluation report will be published and all eligible bids will be presented to the FIFA Council, which is set to select the hosts of the 2023 Women's World Cup at its meeting in Addis Ababa in June 2020.

Brazil, Colombia and Japan have each submitted formal bids to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, the sport's global governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association said on Friday, a day after Australia and New Zealand announced their joint bid.

"There is so much untapped potential, not just in Australia but right across Asia and the Pacific region, that I really do believe we would offer something incredibly special", said Sam Kerr, a striker for the Matildas, Australia's national team.

The Korean Football Association had initially pushed to jointly host the games with North Korea at the urging of Infantino but strained inter-Korean relations failed to realize a unified bid.

South Korea co-hosted the 2002 men's World Cup with Japan and made an unprecedented run to the semifinals. China and the United States have each hosted the tournament twice, while Canada, France, Germany, and Sweden have each hosted it once.

The tournament has never been staged in Africa or South America.

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