Cantwell Throws Support Behind U.S. Bid to Host 2027 Women’s World Cup

U.S. women athletes competing in 2027 World Cup will receive equal pay and benefits thanks to Cantwell’s new law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined a bipartisan, bicameral concurrent resolution in support of the United States Soccer Federation's bid for the 2027 FIFA Women's World Cup, which would be hosted jointly by the United States and Mexico. Seattle is one of 11 proposed U.S. host cities in the bid.

“As one of the world’s great soccer cities, Seattle is an ideal host for the 2027 Women’s World Cup,” said Sen. Cantwell. “This resolution is an important step to demonstrate nationwide support for the joint U.S. / Mexico Women’s World Cup bid. And because of my Equal Pay for Team USA Law, women representing Team USA in this World Cup -- and all future World Cups -- will receive equal pay and benefits.”

In June 2022, Seattle was named one of the host cities for the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup.  That tournament – the first to include an expanded field of 48 teams – will be held in June and July 2026.

Sen. Cantwell serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which has jurisdiction over sports. She is leading the resolution along with U.S. Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA), Darin LaHood (R-IL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), and Don Bacon (R-NE), and U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Todd Young (R-IN), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV). The resolution highlights efforts to bring the 2027 FIFA Women's World Cup to the United States and Mexico and the positive impact hosting the tournament would have on the United States. The full text of the resolution is available HERE.

Sen. Cantwell was a strong supporter of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s efforts to achieve equal pay. Along with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Sen. Cantwell spearheaded the final passage of the Equal Pay for Team USA Act, which was signed into law by President Biden on January 5, 2023. The law requires that all athletes representing the United States in global athletic competitions, like the Olympics and World Cups, receive equal compensation and benefits in their sport, regardless of gender. The law also requires equal payment for medical care, travel, and other expenses.