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Japan to learn fate of bid to host 2023 Women's World Cup on June 25

KYODO

Japan and three other candidates will learn the fate of their bids to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup on June 25, FIFA said Friday.

The FIFA Council will vote during an online meeting to determine the host of the tournament, soccer’s international governing body said in a statement.

In addition to Japan, FIFA has received submissions from Brazil, Colombia and a joint bid by Australia and New Zealand.

FIFA is now finalizing its evaluations after visiting each prospective host to assess technical aspects and to discuss plans for the development of women’s soccer, according to the statement.

The Japan Football Association has proposed holding the tournament in eight cities and prefectures from Sapporo in the country’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido to Kobe in the west.

The host was set to be decided during a meeting in early June in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but FIFA was forced to change its schedule due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

The 2023 tournament will feature 32 teams. The 2019 edition in France, where Japan bowed out in the round of 16, was held with 24 teams.

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