Japan submits bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup
Japan has submitted a bid to FIFA to hold the 2023 Women's World Cup.
The country, which is already hosting the Olympic Games in 2020, is considered to be one of the early favourites for the 2023 tournament.
Other rumoured bids include a joint one from Australia and New Zealand, as well as Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and even a unified Korean option.
Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima said: “We don’t want to one-up other bids, and we don’t want to compare ourselves to other bids. We’ve submitted a bid that contains the best tournament Japan can run.
“Between next year’s Olympics, the professionalisation of the women’s league from 2021 and this Women’s World Cup, we want to give a significant boost to women’s soccer and that is why this bid is so important.
“With Japan’s proven ability to host international tournaments and our spirit of omotenashi (hospitality), we want to put on a Women’s World Cup that will bring joy not only to participating nations but to us as hosts.”
As well as the newly-built national stadium, seven other venues are scheduled to play host to the tournament.
Japan co-hosted the men's FIFA World Cup back in 2002 alongside South Korea.