Megan Rapinoe, Jill Ellis among nominees for FIFA awards That event, Infantino said, “made it very clear that this is the time to keep the momentum going and take concrete steps to foster the growth of women’s football. I am glad to see this proposal — the first of several — becoming a reality.”Because the bidding process for the 2023 tournament already has started, the FIFA Council made the expansion decision now, rather than waiting until its next scheduled meeting Oct. 24-25 in Shanghai. Related News The timeline set forth in Wednesday’s announcement says current bidders must reconfirm that interest in bidding and any other eligible member associations can now express interest by August; bid submissions will be due by December; a bid evaluation report will be made by April; and the appointment of host(s) is expected in May.“The expansion reaches far beyond the eight additional participating teams; it means that, from now on, dozens more member associations will organize their women’s football program knowing they have a realistic chance of qualifying,” Infantino said. “The FIFA Women’s World Cup is the most powerful trigger for the professionalization of the women’s game, but it comes but once every four years and is only the top of a much greater pyramid.”In the meantime, we all have a duty to do the groundwork and strengthen women’s football development infrastructure across all confederations.”The nine current official bidders initially were expected to submit bid books by early October. Megan Rapinoe writing book, wants to ‘inspire people to find what they can do’ The Women’s World Cup will expand from 24 teams to 32, beginning with the next tournament in 2023, FIFA announced Wednesday.The FIFA Council unanimously approved the proposal to expand the field by eight teams, a response FIFA president Gianni Infantino says to “the astounding success of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France,” won by the defending champion United States. Jill Ellis steps down as USWNT coach after back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles The nine current official bidders from 10 countries: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea/North Korea (joint bid).Asia — represented by Japan and the Koreas — is the only current bidding confederation that has hosted the tournament, both times in China (1991 and 2007).Thirty-seven FIFA board members will participate in the vote to select the host nation(s) in a secret ballot in spring 2020.