The women’s World Cup will take place every two years, instead of four, FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed to be considering.
Noel Le Graet – French FA president – was the first to suggest the idea back in July and now Infantino says the proposition could go ahead.
Women’s World Cup every two years
“He [Le Graet] said we should organize the Women’s World Cup every two years instead of every four years because it has such a big and positive impact on the women’s game,” Infantino told Sky Sports News.
“This is something we need to consider and we are considering it. There are a lot of exciting points with regards to women’s football in the next few years.”
The World Cup for women was first played in 1991 with the United States women’s national soccer team being both the current champion and most successful team in the tournament with 4 titles. The USA beat The Netherlands 2-0 at last year’s final in France to retain the title.
As for the next event, which is set for 2023, the host nation is yet to be decided. Colombia, Brazil, and Japan have launched bids to be the hosting nation. In the meantime, New Zealand and Australia have submitted a joint bid. Both South Korea and South Africa withdrew their bids.
The 2023 women’s World Cup will be the first edition of the tournament to feature 32 teams. Women’s soccer has been a subject of discussions recently with the likes of Joey Barton suggesting changes ought to be made to the sport, in order to fit women’s needs and make the game more appealing.