Brazil named as host of 2027 Women’s World Cup

Brazil has been chosen to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup. This decision came after a FIFA Congress vote. Brazil’s bid beat a joint bid from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.

Historic Win for Brazil

The 74th FIFA Congress made the decision in Thailand. This was the first time the vote was open. Brazil secured the win with 119 votes to 78. The Brazilian team celebrated joyfully.

Impact on Women’s Soccer

FIFA aims to expand women’s soccer. The success of the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand proved promising. That tournament generated a record $570 million in revenue.

South America’s First Women’s World Cup

This will be the first Women’s World Cup in South America. FIFA noted the positive impact this will have on the region. Brazil’s bid scored higher in FIFA’s evaluation.

Stadium Plans

Brazil will use 10 stadiums from the 2014 Men’s World Cup. The Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro will host the opening match and final. Some stadiums, like the Amazonia in Manaus, need upgrades.

Current Challenges

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) faces legal challenges with its president. Brazil’s women’s team has never won the World Cup. They were eliminated in the group stage in 2023.

Successful Expansion in 2023

The 2023 Women’s World Cup expanded from 24 to 32 teams. Over 1.4 million fans attended. The matches were competitive with fewer lopsided scores. Seven teams won their first World Cup matches.

Controversy After the Final

The 2023 final saw Spain beat England 1-0. Controversy followed when Luis Rubiales kissed player Jenni Hermoso without consent. Rubiales now faces a sexual assault charge.

Financial Disparities

The focus remains on financial disparities in soccer. The 2023 Women’s World Cup had $110 million in prize money. This is still far less than the $440 million for the 2022 men’s World Cup.

Political Tensions

The congress also discussed a proposal from the Palestinian Football Association. They called to suspend Israel from FIFA. The Israeli Football Association rejected this as politically motivated. FIFA will decide on the matter by July 20.

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