Colombia declares interest in staging 2023 Fifa Women's World Cup
The FCF, the Colombian Football Federation, has expressed its interest in hosting the Fifa Women's World Cup in 2023.
Ramon Jesurun Franco, president of the FCF, met with Fifa president Gianni Infantino last week, and discussed the possibility of Colombia becoming the first South American host of the quadrennial tournament.
The criteria for hosting the Women’s World Cup include: cost efficiency; promotion; the potential for creating an innovative and meaningful national football legacy programme; the support and involvement of the football community; the existing infrastructure and viability of projects to improve it; as well as private and public support.
The next edition of the Women's World Cup will be played in France in 2019 after South Korea was defeated in the bid process. Canada staged last year's tournament.
Colombia hosted the U-20 World Cup in 2011 and will stage next month's Futsal World Cup.
Last year, the country was linked with a bid for the men's World Cup in 2030 either on its own, or in partnership with Chile, but the FCF said nothing official had been discussed.
Colombia has never staged a Fifa World Cup, despite being awarded the 1986 edition. For financial reasons, the country withdrew its hosting rights, and the tournament was played in Mexico.