Belgium is the latest entrant to throw their hat in the ring after FIFA announced the competition was expanding to 32 teams.

While Belgium has a relatively minor place within the women's game, they are a heavyweight in both the men's version, and international football politics in general.

While Belgium remain unlikely due to their proximity to 2019 hosts France, the 2023 bidders are already spread across five continents, with countries from Bolivia to North Korea all in the running.

On a purely world ranking basis, Australia is first among the confirmed bidders, with the Matildas ranked eighth in the world, one spot above North Korea, two above Brazil and three above Japan.


·  Argentinian Football Association

·  Football Federation Australia

·  Bolivian Football Association

·  Brazilian Football Association

·  Colombian Football Association

·  Japan Football Association

·  Korea Football Association (expressing interest in a joint bid with DPR Korea Football Association)

·  New Zealand Football

·  South African Football Association