The FA are 'considering a bid to host the Women's World Cup in 2031'
The FA are ‘considering a bid to host the Women’s World Cup in 2031’ as they are eager to build on England’s Euros success last year and develop a reputation for hosting ‘major events’
- England have registered an interest in hosting the Women’s World Cup in 2031
- Debbie Hewitt said England are considering submitting a bid for the tournament
- She said the FA are looking to build on the success of the women’s Euro success
England have registered an interest in hosting the Women’s World Cup in 2031 and will consider submitting a bid for the tournament, according to FA’s chairwoman Debbie Hewitt.
Hewitt has said that they want the UK to be known as the primary location for hosting ‘major events’ and that the Women’s World Cup would have a positive impact on the country.
Hewitt went on to say hosting the Women’s World Cup in 2031 would build on the success of the women’s Euros last year — when England beat Germany 2-1 in extra time to emerge victorious in their home tournament.
However, Hewitt made it clear the FA’s primary focus is on winning the vote to host the men’s Euro 2028 in October. Once they have successfully secured that tournament, they will turn their attention to the Women’s World Cup.
Hewitt told The Times: ‘We want to be known as a centre for successfully hosting major events. It has a hugely positive impact on the country and on local communities who participate, so why wouldn’t we have ambitions to host a Women’s World Cup, particularly as the women’s game is growing?
Debbie Hewitt says England have registered an interest in hosting the Women’s 2031 World Cup and that they are considering submitting a bid
Hewitt says they are looking to build on the success of the women’s Euros from last year
Hewitt went on to say hosting the World Cup would have positive impact on the country
‘Our mind is focused on Euro 2028 and we have a very difficult and important bid to win, but as the chair you should always keep your mind’s eye on what’s the next one and what can we do to put ourselves in good shape, and the Women’s World Cup is a very attractive proposition.’
When asked whether they would be looking to submit a bid for the 2031 tournament, Hewitt said: ‘We would certainly consider it.’
This would mark the first time England have bid to host the female edition of the tournament – having previously hosted the men in 1966 before losing in 2006 and 2008.
However, Hewitt highlighted the fact that the government must support their bid it be successful. She said: ‘We can’t host something like that without government support, it’s a massive collaborative effort, and making sure all the parties know that whoever is in power it would be good for the country.’
England will be looking to become world champions for the first time this summer after their historic Euros victory on home soil last year.
England – who are one of the favourites to win the tournament in Australia and New Zealand – will face Haiti, Denmark and China in Group D.
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