Reports are emerging Qatar has purchased the rights to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, just days after Australia declared their intentions to bid for the tournament. In a decision that stunned many pundits, FMF understands the Qatar bid beat out a rival bid from the United Arab Emirates.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter made the announcement at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, saying the tournament would help grow the game significantly in the Gulf state. With the men’s tournament scheduled to take place in Qatar in 2022, Blatter said the locals would be getting ‘bang for their buck’.
“The people of Qatar will have the opportunity to see not one, but two football tournaments in as many years, with potential growth opportunities far outstripping those from other potential candidates,” Blatter said.
Despite Qatar’s modest female sporting history and poor human rights record, Blatter believed Qatar was the perfect place to hold the event. “I firmly believe the women are treated well in this country. Or at least, in comparison to the migrant workers who are building the stadiums.”
There is no word at this stage whether the tournament will take place in the winter, although it is believed FIFA favour the Northern Hemisphere summer despite it clashing with the American National Women’s Soccer League season.
The FFA are said to be disappointed with FIFA’s decision to award Qatar the World Cup, with a spokesperson saying, “Peter Hargiaty doesn’t do refunds.”