South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has withdrawn from hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 and says the SA football association is looking to host the global women’s tournament in 2027.
Three years ago, the union revealed that one of the reasons they dropped the bid was that they wanted to bolster the Women’s National League, which has now been called the Hollywoodbets Super League since the betting company came in as a sponsor last year.
It has been three years since the establishment of the first division women’s league in the country, which is higher than the Sasol League and next season there will be 16 teams competing in the league, starting with just 14. And Jordaan believes that the top national teams of women being welcomed to the country will also help to attract more sponsors for the women’s competition in the country.
“At the next NEC meeting, we will discuss the issue of whether Safa is making a bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Because if we organize the Women’s World Cup and we have a competitive women’s team in that World Cup, that will be the last step in establishing a strong commercial base for the future of women’s football,” said the Safa boss.
The next Women’s World Cup is next year and FIFA is in talks about hosting the global spectacle every two years. Jordaan states that the association has its eyes on 2027, which will give Safa some time to properly prepare the senior national team, Banyana Banyana.
“2023 is New Zealand and Australia, then 2027. But there is also a debate that the World Cup should be played every two years. But we’re not going to get into that debate now, it’s not part of the interview. But should that happen, that the Women’s World Cup takes place every two years, it means that we are (another) bid for the Women’s World Cup in 2027, which gives us the opportunity to accelerate the growth and expansion of women’s football in the country. †