Brazil’s dream of hosting the 2027 Women’s World Cup took a significant step forward after FIFA released its evaluation report, ranking their bid higher than the joint proposal from Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium.

The upcoming vote on May 17th at the FIFA Congress in Bangkok will be the first time member federations hold an open vote to select a Women’s World Cup host. This heightened transparency adds another layer of intrigue to the race.

Brazil’s bid has been the frontrunner ever since FIFA brokered a deal with continental governing bodies back in October. This agreement ensured a more streamlined path for Spain, Portugal, and Morocco to co-host the 2030 Men’s World Cup, while Saudi Arabia secured the rights for 2034. In exchange, South American governing body CONMEBOL agreed to limit its involvement in 2030 and skip the 2034 bidding process, paving the way for a potential Women’s World Cup in South America for the first time.

FIFA’s technical evaluation panel awarded Brazil a score of 4.0 out of 5, while the European joint bid received a 3.7. Both proposals, however, were deemed to meet the minimum hosting requirements.

This news comes after the withdrawal of the joint bid from the United States and Mexico, who will now focus on co-hosting the 2031 tournament. South Africa also pulled out late last year, setting their sights on 2031 as well. The final decision on the 2031 host will be made next year.

Brazil’s bid leverages the impressive infrastructure built for the 2014 Men’s World Cup, ensuring state-of-the-art facilities for the Women’s tournament. Germany, on the other hand, boasts a rich history of hosting major tournaments, having held the Women’s World Cup in 2011 and the Men’s World Cup in 2006. They’re also gearing up to host the Men’s Euros this summer across 10 cities.

The 2023 Women’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, set a new benchmark for the global tournament. Now, the question remains: which nation will take the baton and continue to elevate the beautiful game on the women’s side? The answer will be revealed on May 17th, and with FIFA’s evaluation in their corner, Brazil seems to be in a prime position to make history.

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