The next FIFA Women’s World Cup will run with 32 teams. In the last two editions of FIFA Women’s World Cup, 24 teams participated.
On last Wednesday (31st July), FIFA has confirmed the extension of the number of teams in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. The FIFA Council has unanimously approved this expansion proposal. It will be the first time in FIFA Women’s World Cup history when more than 24 teams will participate.
The first two editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup (1991 and 1995) ran with 12 teams. A total of 16 teams participated in the next four editions (1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011). In the last two editions (2015 and 2019), we experienced a 24-team contest.
Just like the present FIFA Men’s World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will also run in the same format. Since the 1998 edition, the FIFA Men’s World Cup conducts with 32 teams, while the tournament starts with the eight groups of four teams.
Like the last two editions, the knockout stage of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will begin from the Round of 16.
Meanwhile, 48 teams will participate in the FIFA Men’s World Cup 2026.
FIFA updated timeline to decide the host nation of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
On the other hand, after announcing the expansion, FIFA has updated the timeline to determine the host nation of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
- August 2019: circular to be sent out with a short time window for:
i) current bidding member associations to reconfirm their interest in bidding
ii) any other eligible member associations to express their interest in bidding
- December 2019: deadline for bid submissions
- April 2020: expected publication of Bid Evaluation Report
- May 2020: expected appointment of the host(s)
A total of nine countries have submitted bids to host the next FIFA Women’s World Cup. These interested nations are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and South Korea (expressing interest in a joint bid with North Korea).
France successfully hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 where the USA won their fourth crown.