FIFA has announced its “unpreviously unprecedented” bid for the 2019 women’s world cup.
The 2022 tournament is the most-watched soccer event in history and will take place in the United Arab Emirates.
More than 50 million people worldwide will be watching on television and the tournament is expected to generate more than $1bn for the sport.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said the 2022 tournament will “be a catalyst for development” in Africa and will be the “first global tournament” to be hosted by a female president.
“It is an unprecedented bid, with an unprecedented ambition and a unique, bold and unique approach to building a World Cup that will be a catalyst in development in Africa,” he said in a statement.
He said the bid was to create “a strong and stable framework for the 2022 Women’s World Championship, which will be held in an area with few sports, a region that has experienced a lot of displacement, exclusion and exclusionism”.
“It will also be the first World Cup to be held at a stadium built specifically for the tournament,” Infantinos said.
In a bid to attract more foreign investors, Infantines bid also included the creation of a “specialised chamber” to promote women’s sports.
“This chamber will be able to attract investors and to engage with stakeholders, who are the primary stakeholders in African football, the 2022 World Cup bid team said in the bid document.
Infantino’s bid was backed by FIFA president Giannis Michaelis.
The bid included a commitment to create a “strong and stable” federation in the region.”
It would be our duty to strengthen the football structure of the 2022 FIFA Women’s Federation and strengthen the African football institutions in the future,” Infantsino said in his bid statement.FIFA’s bid for 2022 is the first of its kind since its inception in 2014, when it backed the bid of Russia and Qatar to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Russian Far East.
Earlier this month, Infantsinos bid team announced that it was planning to award a “global contract” to “build and manage the World Cup”.
The bid document, however, did not specify which country would host the event.
The bidding process for the FIFA World Cup has been fraught with controversy since it was announced in November last year.
Since then, Fifa has faced questions about its handling of the bidding process and its ability to ensure a fair and open process for foreign investment in the event of a dispute over a bid.
Infantinos bid document stated the bid team was looking to “reorganise Fifa’s governance structure, ensure the best possible outcome for the fans, sponsors and players and create a strong foundation for the future of the World Series of Football”.
Infantsinos team also said the new FIFA presidency would be in place for two years and that the 2022 event would be the most important event of the organisation’s history.
It is likely to be a challenge to FIFA’s bid team, with its executive committee including Infantini, and the committee that ultimately selects the host nation, to find a way to resolve the disputes.