The two countries will already jointly host the Men’s World Cup in 2026, along with Canada.
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced it has submitted a joint bid with the Mexico Football Federation to host the Women’s World Cup in 2027. That would be a year after the United States, Mexico and Canada jointly host the Men’s World Cup in the summer of 2026.
“The U.S. and Mexico are in a unique position to host a World Cup that will leverage the same venues, infrastructure, and protocols used for the Men’s World Cup just a year prior,” U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said in a statement. “As a result, we believe the time is right to host a FIFA Women’s World Cup that features a truly world-class experience for players and fans, alike.”
The United States last hosted the Women’s World Cup in 1999, which was the third-ever global women’s tournament and resulted in the USWNT’s first World Cup victory. Mexico, on the other hand, has never hosted a Women’s World Cup.
The goal of this bid will be to take advantage of the fact that the United States and Mexico will have hosted the Men’s World Cup a year prior, U.S. Soccer said in a statement.
“Together with Mexico, U.S. Soccer put forward a bid that will expand access to soccer in communities across the country and lay the foundation for a legacy that will grow the game,” U.S. Soccer CEO JT Batson said. “We are ready, we’re excited, and we’re going to show the world all we can accomplish.”
In 2023, Australia and New Zealand jointly hosted the Women’s World Cup, marking the first time on the women’s side that two countries came together to host one tournament. Japan and South Korea hosted the Men’s World Cup in joint fashion in 2002.
The Men’s side will have joint hosts in its next two World Cups, including the 2030 tournament which will be held in Morocco, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Uruguay and Paraguay, so that is clearly an idea that FIFA is considering more moving forward.