The FIFA women’s World Cup tournament will increase from 24 to 32 teams in 2023.
The FIFA Council announced Wednesday July 31st 2019 that it had unanimously agreed to the expansion, meaning there will be eight groups of four teams at the next World Cup.
The host of the 2023 edition is still to be chosen, and countries have until December to submit their bids. The host is expected to be announced in May of 2020.
The council attributed the expansion to the popularity of the recently completed World Cup, which the United States won earlier this month in Paris, France.
“The expansion reaches far beyond the eight additional participating teams; it means that, from now on, dozens more member associations will organize their women’s football program knowing they have a realistic chance of qualifying,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup is the most powerful trigger for the professionalization of the women’s game, but it comes up once every four years and is only the top of a much greater pyramid. In the meantime, we all have a duty to do the groundwork and strengthen Women’s football development infrastructure across all confederations.
In the African continent, no team is yet to reach the semi finals stage of the competition. The CAF executive committee recently voted to organize a CAF champions league competition for women in the continent.
Nji Nelson Chefor