The three neighbouring nations are joining forces to make a bid to host the football World Cup for women in 2027. The countries have already expressed their interest to the World Football Association, FIFA, and the European football organization, UEFA. The final arrangements between the three nations still need to be decided, for example potential locations for the games and training facilities. The idea is to make further agreements about the final touches before the end of this year.
The Scandinavian region is also interested in organizing the event, but the KNVB, the football governing body in the Netherlands, wants to be the first to bid to outperform the competition. So far, no official candidacy has been submitted by other countries. The Dutch Parliament supports the idea.
First time hosting a women’s World Cup in the Netherlands
Although the Netherlands has never hosted the global tournament, it has some experience with international events. The Dutch organized an international women’s tournament for the first time in 2017, the European Championship, and went on to win. “We have experience in that respect. The European Championship was unforgettable, although the results also helped. That does a lot for football in this country, but the World Cup in France last year was even bigger. The attention, spectators, organization, media attention; it’s crazy,” says the current head coach of the Dutch women’s team, Sarina Wiegman. The “Orange” team ended up as runners-up in the 2019 World Cup.
Germany women’s football has been among the best in the world for decades. The national women’s team became world champion twice and it has won the European title no less than eight times. The country also has experience hosting events like this: the Germans received the European Championship in 1989 and 2001 and hosted the World Cup in 2011.
Belgium has no experience yet with the organization of women’s tournaments and it only participated in a tournament once. In 2017, during the European Championship in the Netherlands, the ‘Red Flames’ did not reach past the group stage, despite a surprising victory over Norway.
“Women’s football in all three countries is indeed in different phases of development, but we share the aspiration to give the sport a boost nationally and globally by organizing this World Cup. We believe that with teamwork, we can really make a difference and increase the chance to organize this tournament,” according to the KNVB.
The Dutch, German and Belgian football federations have all designated a “legend” to head the kick-off of the bid. For the KNVB this is Wiegman, as the recent achievements of the Dutch were spearheaded by her. The Dutch team is currently one of the best in the world and has surpassed Germany on the FIFA ranking. “Germany has always been great, with good competition and a presence at tournaments,” Wiegman told AD newspaper. “They now see other countries developing, going faster. There is still enormous potential. And Belgium is a little behind and wants to get a boost with this World Cup, like we did in 2017.”
“In the Netherlands, even more people will come to the stadium than at the moment,” Wiegman continues. “And they will also visit Belgium and Germany. That will give a boost to all three countries. Many companies are still not aware of what exactly is going on in women’s football. It will be an attractive product and it will only grow. In turn, this helps us to get the resources and facilities to put together an even better tournament. Then you keep having that upward development.”
The Belgians have called 84-time international Femke Maes forward as representative, while in Germany Silvia Neid has been chosen. Neid played 111 international matches and was the national coach of the German women for no less than eleven years. The three legends appear in a video to promote the World Cup bid. It’s not yet known when FIFA will announce the host(s) for the 2027 World Cup. The upcoming 2023 World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand.
Written by Raphael Perachi Vieira