Jordaan off to Cairo to brief CAF on 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup bid

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Jordaan off to Cairo to brief CAF on 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup bid

On Monday, May 29, 2023, South African Football Association (SAFA) President Dr. Danny Jordaan
flew to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, to inform them of
South Africa’s intention to bid for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2027.

The SAFA President will also brief CAF on plans to create a women’s professional league in South
Africa and why the FIFA Women’s World Cup is crucial to the project.

“Hosting the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup will accelerate the professionalisation of women’s
football in South Africa,” said Jordaan.

The national teams of South Africa are taking part in competitions in a variety of sports this year due
to the country’s growing interest in women’s sports. The final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup,
which included women’s cricket, was contested in Cape Town, South Africa, during its eighth
iteration, which took place from February 10–26, 2023.

On the football front, African Champions Banyana Banyana are preparing for the FIFA Women’s
World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand from 20 July – 20 August 2023. Coach Desiree
Ellis’ charges, who won women’s football’s biggest prize on the continent after they beat Morocco in
the WAFCON final in 2022, will be appearing in the global event for the second time in a row
following their debut in France in 2019. The Netball World Cup will be held in Cape Town from 28
July – 6 August 2023 at the International Convention Centre.

On Friday, May 26, 2023, the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) approved
South Africa’s bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2027. SAFA will now contact all of the
other regions on the continent to inform them of the country’s bid.

“Our bid for the FIFA Women’s World Cup received a major boost after the endorsement of COSAFA
and in discussions this week, we would want to ensure that we go to all the zones on the continent,
and finally endorsement for the bid by CAF,” the SAFA President said.

About 50% of the delegates at the SAFA Indaba and 31st SAFA Ordinary Congress in April were
women and they all endorsed the Bid. Each one of the 52 SAFA regions had at least one delegate.
There were over 60 women present, and this is the highest number of women delegates to attend a
Congress of the three codes of sport – football, rugby, and cricket.

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