The FA is considering bidding to host the Women’s World Cup in 2031, as it is keen to build on England’s success at last year’s European Championship and develop a reputation for hosting “major events”.
- England has registered an interest in hosting the Women’s World Cup in 2031
- Debbie Hewitt said England were considering making a bid Competition
- She said the FA is looking forward to building on the success of the women’s European Championship success
England has registered an interest in hosting the Women’s World Cup in 2031 and will consider bidding for the tournament, according to FA chairwoman Debbie Hewitt.
Hewitt said she wanted the UK to be known as the primary location for hosting “major events” and that the Women’s World Cup would have a positive impact on the country.
Hewitt went on to say that hosting the Women’s World Cup in 2031 would build on the success of last year’s European Women’s Championship – when England beat Germany 2-1 in extra time to emerge victorious in their home tournament.
However, Hewitt made it clear that the FA’s primary focus is winning the vote to host the men’s Euro 2028 tournament in October. Once they successfully win this tournament, they will turn their attention to the Women’s World Cup.
Hewitt told The Times: “We want to be known as a hub for successfully hosting major events. It has a huge positive impact on the country and the local communities that take part, so why not aspire to host the Women’s World Cup, especially as the women’s game grows?”
Debbie Hewitt says England has registered an interest in hosting the 2031 Women’s World Cup and is considering a bid
Hewitt says they are looking forward to building on the success of the women’s Euros last year
Hewitt went on to say that hosting the World Cup would have a positive impact on the country
“Our minds are focused on Euro 2028 and we have a very difficult and important attempt to win.
“But as the chair you have to always keep an eye on what’s next and what we can do to put ourselves in shape, and the Women’s World Cup is a very attractive proposition.”
When asked if they were looking to make a bid for the 2031 championship, Hewitt said: “We’ll definitely look into it.”
It will be the first time England have bid to host the women’s edition of the tournament – having previously hosted the men’s edition in 1966 before losing out in 2006 and 2008.
However, Hewitt highlighted the fact that the government must support their bid for it to be successful.
“We can’t host something like this without government support,” she said, “It’s a massive collaborative effort, making sure all parties know that whoever is in power is going to be good for the country.”
England are looking to become world champions for the first time this summer after their historic victory at the European Championships on home soil last year.
England – one of the favorites to win the tournament in Australia and New Zealand – will face Haiti, Denmark and China in Group D.