Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
South Africa withdrew its bid to host the 2027 World Cup on Friday, citing issues with the amount of time to prepare.
The country that hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup for men initially intended to become the first African country to host both men’s and women’s World Cups but will have to try again another time.
Despite having plans for hosts of the men’s World Cup through 2034, FIFA will not announce the 2027 women’s World Cup host until May 2024.
The three bids still in the running include a joint bid by the United States (U.S.) and Mexico.
The other countries vying to host are Brazil and another joint effort by Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany.
Spain is the current holder of the FIFA Women’s World Cup after clinching their maiden title this year (2023) in Australia and New Zealand with a 1-0 win against European champions England.
No. 1 seeds BYU, Florida State, and Clemson, and No. 2 seed Stanford, have advanced to the 2023 College Cup, the semifinals of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament.
The tournament’s Final Four takes place on Dec. 1, with FSU vs. Clemson followed by BYU vs. Stanford.
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BYU almost didn’t make it to the party, needing a frantic comeback against legendary program North Carolina to advance out of the Elite Eight 4-3.
The Tar Heels had built an imposing 3-0 lead at halftime.
After the half, BYU scored four straight goals in 28 minutes to steal the win.
Elsewhere, FSU looked dominant in a 3-0 win over Pitt, Clemson took down Penn State 2-1, and Stanford defeated Nebraska 2-1.
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