The U.S. Soccer Federation and Mexico Football Federation have submitted a joint bid to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“This is a pivotal time for Women’s soccer,” stated U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone in a news release. “Around the world, Federations are beginning to invest more and more in the women’s game and records are being rewritten for revenue, viewership, and participation.”
A 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup would mean the potential for Philadelphia to host World Cups in back-to-back years. Lincoln Financial Field is one of the host sites for the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup. Mexico and Canada are also joint hosts of the 2026 World Cup.
“The U.S. and Mexico are in a unique position to host a World Cup that will leverage the same venues, infrastructure, and protocols used for the Men’s World Cup just a year prior,” Parlow Cone stated. “As a result, we believe the time is right to host a FIFA Women’s World Cup that features a truly world-class experience for players and fans, alike. This will not only unlock the economic potential of women’s soccer, it will send a message to young players around the world that there is no limit to what they can achieve.”
The 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the 10th edition of the tournament. The United States has previously played host to the tournament in 1999, and then stepped in to support a 2003 tournament due to a SARS outbreak in the host country of China.
The 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl still boasts the largest officially recorded international match attendance at 90,185. The United States Women’s National Team has won the tournament four times - 1991, 1999, 2015, and 2019.
To determine the 2027 hosts, FIFA will complete on-site inspection visits in February 2024, with the 74th FIFA Congress due to appoint the hosts of the tournament in May 2024.
“This is a once-in-a-generation moment for soccer in our countries,” JT Batson, U.S. Soccer CEO & Secretary General, stated in a news release. “U.S. Soccer and Mexico Football are excited to partner to host two World Cups in as many years – and to do it with equity at the forefront of the bid – representing our commitment to growing the game for everyone.”
The tagline for the joint bid is “NEW HEIGHTS.”