The German FA has joined forces with Belgium's KBFV and Holland's KNVB to launch a joint-bid for the 2027 FIFA Women's World Cup.
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Nine years after the Bundesrepublik hosted the Women's World Footballing Championship, Germany gets set to make another hosting bid for global footballs fasting growing tournament.
This time the DFB will have partners. Under the banner "Three Nations, One Goal", Germany's FA announced on Monday that it will join neighbors Holland and Belgium in an early effort to land the 2027 FIFA Women's World Cup.
"We are delighted to join forces with our Dutch friends and will do everything in our power to support this project," DFB President Fritz Keller said on Monday.
The Netherlands, fresh off hosting the 2017 UEFA Women's European Championship, seeks to continue to grow the Women's game in its country. The Dutch "Leeuwinnen" surprisingly captured the European crown in the tournament they hosted, snapping a record of six consecutive European titles won by the German Women's team; an uninterrupted spell of dominance that dated all the way back to 1995.
Aware that it would need partners to pursue the latest bid, the Dutch FA first recruited Belgium to the cause and then proceeded to woo Germany. Monday's announcement confirmed that the courtship had ended in success.
The power of the DFB's organizational and lobbying prowess will surely prove indispensable to the bid. The DFB has already secured the 2024 European Championship for Germany and hosted the Women's Euros twice.
Former German national team player Steffi Jones spearheaded the lobbying efforts to bring the 2011 Women's World Cup to the Bundesrepublik. She would later serve in a brief stint as the head coach of the women's national team. On Monday it was also announced that the woman Jones replaced, former national team head coach Syliva Neid, would lead the German efforts this time.
Germany's "Frauen-Nationalelf" has not won a World Championship since 2007 and last claimed the Euros in 2013. The German women's domestic league, having recently lost many high profile players and newly jobless USWNT stars to England's WSL, is currently in the midst of an expansion phase.
Logistics and venues shall play a key role in putting together a strong bid. Both the 2023 and 2027 Women's World Cups will feature an expanded field of 32 countries.