first_imgIf approved, countries would need to find stadiums that would be able to hold the added teams and games. “We will need to act more quickly if we want to have 32 teams already in 2023,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said, via The Associated Press. “We will discuss it as a matter of urgency and see if we can already decide to increase for 2023 in which case we should re-open the bidding process and allow everyone to have a chance to organize or maybe co-host for some of those who have been bidding already for a 24-team World Cup.” Related News While the U.S. has been a favorite to win its fourth World Cup, this year’s tournament saw stars emerge on multiple teams. “We can develop national team football only if we develop club football as well all over the world, not only in a few countries,” Infantino said. “So we need a club World Cup which can be played every year to expose clubs from all over the world and to make men’s clubs, but also women’s clubs, invest even more in women’s football.” The FIFA council, made up of 37 members, is due to vote on the 2023 host in March of next year. There are already nine countries interested in bidding including Brazil and South Africa, recent men’s World Cup hosts. Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea are also prospectve hosts for the next women’s tournament.The Women’s World Cup has already seen a number of expansions in its short history. The event started with 12 teams in 1991, and grew to 16 in 1999 and then 24 in 2015. Infantino has been focused on expanding both World Cup events with the men’s scheduled to increase from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.“Nothing is impossible and based on the success of this World Cup of course we have to believe bigger and to do what we should have done already probably some time ago,” Infantino said. “But now we have the evidence to do it for women’s football.”The success of the United States team has helped the growth of women’s soccer.The team’s semifinal game against England was the most watched soccer match on U.S. TV since the 2018 World Cup final with over 7 million total viewers, according to a report from Variety.  Alex Morgan blasts tea-sipping celebration critics over double standards Women’s World Cup 2019: Netherlands edges Sweden to set up final vs. U.S. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match The next women’s World Cup could look a lot different.FIFA will consider expanding the tournament from 24 to 32 teams and doubling the prize money. The change, however, would need quick approval from all parties since bidding is already underway for the 2023 event.last_img

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