The next edition of the FIFA World Cup will be expanded from 24 to 32 teams according to the football governing body.
FIFA has announced the expansion of the Women’s World Cup, starting in the next edition of 2023.
According to the governing body, they will expand from 24 to 32 teams, thanks to the “astounding success” of the competition in France.
“The aim is keep the momentum going and take concrete steps to foster the growth of women’s football,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino was quoted by the BBC.
“The expansion reaches far beyond the eight additional participating teams: it means that, from now on, dozens of more member associations will organize their women’s football program knowing they have a realistic chance of qualifying.”
“The Women’s World Cup is the most powerful trigger for the professionalization of the women’s game, but it comes just once every four years and is only the top of a much greater pyramid.”
“In the meantime, we all have a duty to do the groundwork and strengthen women’s football development infrastructure across all confederations,” he concluded.
The FIFA Council has unanimously approved the expansion of the #FIFAWWC to 32 teams, with effect as of the next edition of the tournament in 2023.
— FIFA Women's World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 31, 2019