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France, South Korea bid for 2019 Women’s World Cup

French players belive their recent experiences will make them World Cup contenders. (Photo France FF)

French is one of two bidding nations for the 2019 World Cup, along with South Korea. (Photo France FF)

ZURICH — Football delegates from France and South Korea have handed over their bid documents to FIFA for the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

France and South Korea are also bidding for the 2018 under-20 women’s World Cup, with FIFA’s executive committee to decide on one winner for both competitions in March.

FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter says “I’m a very happy to see these two big football nations competing for these two women’s competitions.”

Blatter noted how both nations recently hosted the men’s World Cup – France in 1998 and South Korea in 2002 with Japan.

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Blatter says “it’s really great to see now their interest shifting towards women’s competition. … I’m really confident that either will be fantastic organizers.”

The bidding process for the 2019 World Cup began with five declarations of intent to bid in May, but in June both New Zealand and England dropped out. South Africa did not follow through with submitting a bid.

Next year’s women’s World Cup will be held in Canada.

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