Despite officially expressing interest to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, the English FA have since withdrawn its bid to host.
England were one of five countries to submit preliminary bids, along with France, South Korea, New Zealand and South Africa. Final submissions are due in October, with a decision to be made by Fifa’s Executive Committee early next year, but the FA has decided to pull out.
A statement from English football’s governing body said: “The FA can confirm that it will not be progressing its initial interest in hosting either the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019, or the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2018.
“Expressions of interest were lodged to gain a wider understanding of the bidding process, the benefits associated to the tournament and the competition to host the tournaments.
“Having assessed all of these factors The FA will not be furthering its interest in these competitions at this time.
“The FA remains committed to growing women’s football and continues to invest in the game domestically both at the elite and grassroots level.”
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