North and South Korea set to launch historic joint campaign to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup
- Historic bid to host 2023 Women’s World Cup could be made by the two Koreas
- A successful bid would mark a significant step forward in diplomatic relationship
- Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa are all interested in hosting
North and South Korea are planning a stunning, historic joint bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
The two nations, who spent uneasy decades at loggerheads following a three-year war, are in talks along with China to stage the tournament which would mark a significant step forward in their relationship.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino confirmed the prospect, along with his backing.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed North and South Korea’s Women’s World Cup plan
‘I have been hearing for the women’s World Cup in 2023 the two Koreas,’ he said.
‘I have been hearing that – it would be great.’
Infantino, who was at the International Football Association Board (Ifab) summit in Aberdeen, believes the move illustrates the power of football.
‘Definitely,’ he added. ‘They have been in a very, very difficult situation until recently.’
The prospective bid would face opposition from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa, who have all registered their interest. Colombia and Thailand are mulling over making their own bids, with a deadline of March 15 rapidly approaching.
Relations between North and South Korea have warmed in recent times
Relations between North and South Korea have warmed in recent times, with North Korea’s participation in last year’s Winter Olympics, hosted by their neighbours, seen as a breakthrough in diplomatic relations. A peace declaration was signed shortly afterwards.
The pair went to war in 1950 after the North invaded the South. Since then, there have been a number of flashpoints with fears often raised that another war was not far away.
A total of 24 teams will take part in the tournament, which will run between 10 July and 20 August.
Fifa will decide the host in secret, unlike the open vote held last year for the men’s 2026 tournament. A decision is expected in March 2020.