RFU launches bid to host 2025 Women’s World Cup in England



The Rugby Football Union will submit a bid to host the 2025 Women’s World Cup in England.

The tournament was last held in England in 2010, and for the 2025 bid the RFU plans to take a multi-city and multi-region approach to hosting the tournament.

RFU Managing Director Bill Sweeney said: “Securing RWC 2025 would add to the impressive list of major sporting events the UK has attracted since London 2012, strengthening the UK’s international reputation as a leading destination for major events and world leader in the promotion of women’s sport. .

“In addition to providing excellent economic returns, the organization of the tournament would help further promote rugby as an inclusive sport and provide a stepping stone to narrow the gap between male and female participation.”

England won the tournament for the second time in 2014 and were runners-up against New Zealand in its last edition in 2017.

The RFU reports that since 2014, female participation in England has increased from 13,000 to 40,000 registered players in clubs, with 80,000 girls playing in schools, colleges and universities.

England v New Zealand - 2017 Women's World Cup Final - Kingspan Stadium
New Zealand won the last Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017 (Brian Lawless / PA)

This includes capacity building by expanding facilities and recruiting female coaches and referees, allowing more young girls and students to play, and encouraging more female supporters in the game.

Basic education and mentoring programs will aim to attract 500 new female coaches, 1,000 match officials and 60,000 new registered players.



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