Australia and New Zealand will be hot favourites to be named hosts for the 2023 FIFA Women’s Entire world Cup afterwards this 7 days, with rivals Japan pulling out of rivalry to stage the occasion.
- A joint bid by Australia and New Zealand is just one of two in the functioning to host the World Cup
- Only Colombia is left in the operating to host the 2023 tournament
- The host rights will be decided in a vote later this 7 days
Japan has officially finished its bid to host the tournament, leaving Colombia as the only other nation in contention.
The Japan Football Association (JFA) confirmed its withdrawal from the course of action in a push meeting this night.
The FIFA Council will make its conclusion on the host in an on the internet assembly and open up vote on Thursday, with an announcement predicted in the early hrs of Friday, Australian time.
On the surface area, Japan’s withdrawal — and subsequent backing of its previous rival bid — fingers a very clear advantage to Australia and New Zealand.
Like Australia, Japan is a member of the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) and it would look most likely that AFC votes previously break up concerning the competing bids will now go to the Australia-New Zealand.
The Oceania Football Confederation, of which New Zealand is a member, has currently publicly endorsed the joint bid, with the Southeast Asian ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) not long ago following suit.
Past 7 days, Australia and New Zealand received the optimum rating in FIFA’s technological evaluation of the 3 bids.
The joint bid scored 4.1 out of 5 in the report, with Japan awarded 3.9 and Colombia trailing on 2.8.
Australia been given greater scores than Colombia in all technological criterion.
South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) president Alejandro Dominguez and Colombian Football Federation president Ramon Jesurun wrote to FIFA to object to the Colombia bid’s evaluation score — but FIFA stood by its report.
Brazil withdrew from the jogging previously this thirty day period, leaving Colombia as the only South American region in the functioning.
In its manual to the bidding course of action, FIFA emphasised its motivation to “carry out an open, ethical and comprehensive bidding system” to pick out the host, which consists of an open vote.