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Why Safa yet to make bid for 2027 Women's World Cup despite executive committee approval

12:33 SAST 2022/09/29
Danny Jordaan, Safa, November 2021
South African Football Association president Dr Danny Jordaan has disclosed that they are yet to make an official bid
  • SA hoping to be one of those few countries to have hosted Men's and Women's World Cups
  • Safa has already been given the go-ahead by its executive committee
  • Jordaan's organization made to wait by Sascoc and the government

WHAT HAPPENED? Jordaan stated Safa needs to engage the government before they formally approach Fifa and make an official bid.
The Safa National Executive Committee recently approved the organization's plans to bid for the global tournament as SA look to become the first African nation to stage the event.
Jordaan explained that Safa needs the support from South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and the government.

WHAT DID JORDAAN SAY? “We already took a decision to bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup but in our engagement with the global community, we recognized that Oceania – or the area of Australia and New Zealand – has never hosted any major event in football,” Jordaan told SABC News.

“They hosted the Olympics, yes, but not football. And there was a strong move to support them to have their first opportunity, and in 2019 we then decided to withdraw from our bidding for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

“Last Saturday the national executive confirmed that we should submit our interest to be a bidding country for 2027, and we then had a meeting with Sascoc– because we need their support as well as the government’s support," he continued.

“So, once we get those two letters from Sascoc and the government, we’ll then formally register our interest with Fifa that we want to be a bidding country to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup.

“There are only five or six countries that have hosted both men’s and women’s World Cups – France, United States, to name a few – and we want to be counted among those countries in the world," he added.

“I think our hosting of the men’s World Cup gives us a good platform and the credibility that we can deliver on a World Cup, and therefore everything is in place for the hosting of the Women’s World Cup.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Having successfully hosted the Men's World Cup finals in 2010, South Africa could have an advantage over some of its fellow bidders for the 2027 showpiece.
So far SA is the only African country that has shown interest in staging the event and Fifa could be tempted into giving Africa a chance to host the Women's World Cup for the first time.
Another advantage is that Jordaan led the Southern African country's successful 2010 World Cup bid, the first to be held in Africa and he knows what is needed to win the rights to stage such tournaments.

WHAT COULD BE NEXT? Once Safa is given the go-ahead by Sascoc and the government, they will officially make a bid to Fifa.
The world football governing body's executive committee will then vote to decide which candidate should host the tournament.