The president of South Africa’s FA stated that if South Africa is chosen to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup, it will contribute to the global growth of the sport and prevent African teams from lagging behind the more dominant teams.
South Africa is competing against Brazil, Mexico and the USA, and Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands for the hosting rights.
The outcome will be determined through a vote by FIFA’s member associations during their congress in Bangkok in May of next year. Danny Jordaan, the president of the South African Football Association, emphasized the importance of his country hosting the next tournament in order to promote greater fairness in global football.
“When you look at world football, the first men’s World Cup was 1930. The first World Cup in Africa was 2010. Almost 100 years later.”
“And, as a result, the gap in the men’s game between European and South American football in relation to Africa and Asia is now impossible to close,” he told Reuters in an interview.
South Africa’s female team is participating in the World Cup for the second time in a row, taking place in Australia and New Zealand. In their first match of the tournament, they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Sweden in Wellington, conceding a goal in the final moments of the game.
Jordaan is optimistic that presenting a strong argument for promoting a more competitive global sport will influence votes in favor of his country.
“Of the global revenue for football, 80% goes to Europe. So Africa is on the margins. Now, if we sit back and do nothing, the same pattern will emerge in women’s football and we will struggle to close the gap.”
“If we want football to be truly global, then we must increase the competitiveness of football throughout the world.”
South Africa’s proposal suggests utilizing the infrastructure constructed for the 2010 men’s finals, which marked the first time the event was held on the African continent.
“We have a strong bid to hopefully secure the Women’s World Cup because that will inspire or invigorate and strengthen football for women on the continent and close that gap rather than allow the pattern to repeat itself.”
“I think Africa can deliver a winner of the Women’s World Cup long before the men eventually get an African winner.”
“Of course, Morocco made it to the semi-final in Qatar last year, but I think it’s going to be quite a challenge for Africa to eventually win a men’s World Cup.”
But that doesn’t mean you must give up. But I think on the women’s side, we have a greater chance,” he said.