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By CAITLIN MURRAY
The bids for hosts for the 2019 Women’s World Cup are in – and there’s more competition than the last time around.
Five countries have submitted preliminary bids for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: England, France, Korea Republic, New Zealand and South Africa, FIFA announced Friday. The final signed bid documents are due Oct. 31 with FIFA’s Executive Committee selecting a host in early 2015.
South Africa may be the least likely to be awarded the tournament though. They were the only bidder to have not expressed interest in hosting the U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2018, an event usually paired with the World Cup to come the following year.
The bidding for the tournament closed last month, but FIFA had reportedly declined to reveal who placed bids.
None of the countries up for hosting the 2019 World Cup have ever hosted the women’s tournament before, which FIFA introduced in 1991.
The multiple bids mark a departure from the upcoming 2015 World Cup, where Canada was the only bid and won the rights if for no other reason than by default.
Canada’s 2015 bid, which FIFA approved, included artificial turf in all their stadiums, which has been controversial. U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach has led the chorus of player complaints, calling it gender discrimination and a bad decision for players.
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