North and South Korea are in the race to jointly host the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup in spite of two neighbours strong political differences and conflicts.
The joint bid would is the latest combined initiative by the two Korean nations to displays their sporting unity. The countries otherwise have been at war since 1950.
North and South Korean athletes had earlier taken part in a joint march at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, also fielding a combined women’s ice hockey team. Alongside the World Cup bid, the two countries are hoping to hold the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games together.
FIFA has noted the following member associations has submitted the expressions of interest to hosts the 2023 Women’s World Cup:
> Argentinian Football Association
> Football Federation Australia
> Bolivian Football Association
> Brazilian Football Association
> Colombian Football Association
> Japan Football Association
> Korea Football Association (expressing interest in a joint bid with DPR Korea Football Association)
> New Zealand Football
> South African Football Association
This represents the largest-ever list of member associations to have confirmed their intention to submit a bid for a single tournament in FIFA’s history, which further attests to the high levels of interest in hosting the 2023 edition of FIFA’s flagship women’s football tournament, the world governing body for football has stated.
FIFA will now dispatch the various bidding and hosting documents, and the member associations will have until October 4 this year to submit their respective bids to FIFA. Before then, they will have the opportunity to attend a bid information workshop and observer programme in June during the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
FIFA is implementing a fair and transparent bidding process, which includes a clear evaluation model as well as a concrete commitment to sustainability and human rights. All bid books will be published in full on FIFA.com upon submission in October 2019. Further details on the process can be found in the following overview document.