The FIFA president believes the 2023 Women’s World Cup can be played in North Korea and South Korea, as he wants them to share a bid.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants football to continue uniting the world, as he wants North and South Korea to work together and host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
Countries interested in hosting the tournament would have to submit an expression of interests by March 15.
“FIFA first mentioned the possibility of a joint bid to Korea Football Association (KFA) president Chung Mong-gyu on February 1, the date of the AFC Asian Cup final match,” KFA general secretary Hong Myung-bo said according to the English edition of Donga.
“Since it wasn’t an official proposal, we’re waiting for the government’s decision as it is not a matter that we can unilaterally decide.”
“We’ve received a report from the KFA and the minister is aware of the matter,” said Jeon Byung-geuk, spokesperson of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
“But there hasn’t been an official discussion on the matter within the government.”
“There haven’t been discussions with North Korea either but we’re reviewing the matter positively,” Byung-geuk added.
The 2019 edition will be played in the summer in France, and FIFA is waiting to decide who will host the 2023 edition.
South Korea lost to France in the 2019 race to host the edition. But the Asian country has already hosted a few important tournaments like the Korea-Japan World Cup in 2002, the U17 World Cup in 2007, as well as the U20 World Cup in 2017.
Neither countries have ever hosted a FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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