FIFA has confirmed host for the 2027 women’s World Cup will be announced in May next year, and South Africa are getting their ducks in a row as one of the potential candidates.
SAFA president Danny Jordaan says the infrastructure is already in place on the back of successfully staging the 2010 men’s World Cup.
He wants to see the federation win the bid for the historic global showpiece as FIFA cover ground on pay parity.
“We are making a bit for the 2027 World Cup; we must also understand that the bar has been raised. The good thing for us is that we had the 32 nations men’s World Cup. So, all our infrastructure is in place. We have 10 stadiums, we have hotels, we have a speed train, we have improved airports,” he said.
Jordaan was among the delegates welcoming the FIFA World Cup trophy in SA last week.
The tour is part of the build-up to Australia and New Zealand in July with Banyana Banyana also participating in their second successive tournament.
“I think the women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will bring change in women’s football globally. On the basis that the 2019 women’s World Cup in France was 24 nations, this is the first 32 nations women’s World Cup,” he added.
He elaborated more on decisions taken to close the gap on what men and women footballers are currently earning on the global stage.
“FIFA has increased the price money by 300% and they are saying in the next World Cup which is 2027, the price money of men and women will be equal. Now, you know that if you go to the 2019 World Cup in France, the price money for the United States winning the World Cup was 4 million USD. 2018 was the men’s World Cup in Russia, the price money in Russia was 40 million USD,” he concluded.