Gianni Infantino and Cyril Ramaphosa Discuss South Africa Hosting 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Gianni Infantino and Cyril Ramaphosa Discuss South Africa Hosting 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at November 14, 2023 at 7:56 AM
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  • Gianni Infantino was in South Africa for the African Football League final and the Soweto Derby
  • Full bids for the 2027 FIFA Women's World Cup must be submitted to the body by December 8
  • The current FIFA President also visited the home of South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa

Strong working relationships breed a flow of opportunities.

While in South Africa for the footballing festivities, FIFA President Gianni Infantino paid a visit to the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa at his home in Tshwane.

Accompanied by CAF President, Patrice Motsepe and South Africa's Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Zizi Kodwa, the main item on the agenda was a future blockbuster occasion.

Gianni Infantino, Cyril Ramaphosa, Womens World Cup, 2027.
Gianni Infantino visited Cyril Ramaphosa with the FIFA President speaking to the South African President about the 2027 FIFA Women's World Cup bid. Photo: @Sophie_Mokoena.
Source: Twitter

South Africa has not hosted a top-tier international sporting event since the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the country is hoping for a repeat with the next women's edition.

Along with Brazil, the United States, and a joint bid from Belgium, Netherlands and Germany, South Africa is one of four bids currently on the table for the 2027 event.

The Citizen reported that the meeting was also intended to evaluate the developments and progress made by the footballing governing body in the region.

Infantino and FIFA have been strong proponents of developing the game where great potential lies.

Banyana Banyana's qualification from the group stages at the 2023 tournament, combined with the competition never having been held on the continent, could tip the scales in South Africa's favour.

Women's football in the country is being propelled by the Hollywoodbets Super League and Motsepe's Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, who are currently in the semi-finals of the CAF Women's Champions League.

FIFA have stated on their website that the 74th FIFA Congress will appoint the hosts of the 2027 tournament in May next year, following an on-site inspection of the bidding nations next February.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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