South Africa has decided to withdraw its bid to host the Women’s World Cup in 2027. The decision was attributed to a desire to avoid presenting a “rushed presentation” to FIFA, with the submission deadline for detailed hosting plans set for December 8.
Lydia Monyepao, the head of the South African Football Association, explained, “We felt it was better to present a better prepared bid for 2031, rather than show a presentation made in haste.”
This unexpected withdrawal leaves three bids vying for the opportunity to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup. The contenders include a joint bid from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, another from the United States and Mexico, and a third from Brazil.
The final decision on the host country or countries will be made during the FIFA Congress scheduled to take place in Bangkok in May.
The move by South Africa comes after the recent co-hosting of the Women’s World Cup by Australia and New Zealand in 2023, where Spain emerged victorious.
With South Africa stepping back from the 2027 bid, the competition to host the prestigious event has intensified among the remaining contenders, each seeking the opportunity to showcase their capabilities on the global stage.