The USA has decided to host the 2022 Women’s World Cup, with an agreement being reached with the International Olympic Committee to start the tournament in 2022, the Associated Press reports.
The deal comes as a surprise to some Americans, but one that could help the nation qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
“I’m excited about this.
I think it’s great for women’s soccer, great for the country,” US Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis told USA Today.
“I think it will help our country, it will also help the women’s game in this country, and that’s great.
It’s a win-win for all of us.”
In a statement, the IOC said it was pleased to finalize the deal and would work closely with the USA.
“We believe this partnership with the IOC will further advance the development of women’s sport in the world,” the IOC statement said.
USA Women’s Soccer captains and players will be invited to the tournament.
The 2022 tournament will be played in the USA, with all 20 teams competing in a single round-robin format.
The teams will be drawn in an NCAA tournament format with each conference receiving an automatic bid to the finals.