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Brazil Lobbies SA For Support In FIFA Women’s World Cup Bid

  • April 29, 2024
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Brazil Lobbies SA For Support In FIFA Women’s World Cup Bid

Ednaldo Rodrigues Gomes, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), is scheduled to arrive in South Africa next month as Brazil campaigns to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

According to a letter obtained by Sportswire, Gomes is expected to arrive on the afternoon of 5 May and has requested a meeting with the South African Football Association (SAFA) on either 6th or 7th of May.

South Africa initially expressed interest in hosting the same tournament but withdrew due to a lack of government guarantees, causing their bid to collapse. This occurred despite the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) endorsing South Africa’s bid last year, and SAFA even appointing Tumi Dlamini to lead the bid.

Brazil now faces competition for the hosting rights from a joint bid by Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany, as well as another joint bid from Mexico and the United States.

“Hosting the competition in South America for the first time aligns with Brazil’s objectives as a driving force for women’s football,” Gomes said in a letter addressed to SAFA president Danny Jordaan.

“These objectives include promoting the inclusion and empowerment of South American women, providing them with leadership roles and active participation in strategic decisions related to football management on our continent.”

The letter goes on to say, “We believe that an equitable distribution of international prominence in women’s football is necessary for the sport’s development in all regions. By hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup, we see an opportunity to encourage social and sporting maturity in women’s football and strengthen the sport in South America.”

The decision on the 2027 Women’s World Cup host will be made by a vote of representatives from FIFA’s 211 member associations during the 74th FIFA Congress on 17 May 2024, in Bangkok, Thailand.

“Choosing the host for the next Women’s World Cup signifies choosing the direction for the development of the sport we are all dedicated to,” the letter concludes. “We sincerely desire your valuable support to realize this crucial opportunity for women’s football in Brazil and South America.”

The 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup is expected to take place between 24 June and 25 July, 2027.

It’s worth noting that in the previous World Cup held in New Zealand and Australia in 2023, Banyana Banyana made history by reaching the round of 16, the first time a senior national team from Mzansi to achieve this feat. However, they were ultimately defeated by the Netherlands. Brazil, on the other hand, failed to progress beyond the group stage, finishing third in Group F. Spain emerged victorious in that tournament.

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