Australia among eight remaining bids to host Women's World Cup

Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chairman Steven Lowy speaks during the Women's FIFA World Cup 2023 Bid announcement in 2017 Source: Getty Images

Belgium and Bolivia have dropped out of the race to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, leaving eight countries including Australia in the mix.

Australia is among the eight countries to stay in the bidding contest to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, with Belgium and Bolivia dropping out.

FIFA confirmed the eight-strong shortlist for the tournament, which will be the first finals to feature 32 teams.

The governing body says it has sent "the updated bidding and hosting documents" to the eight member federations. They must file detailed bid plans for the tournament by December 13.

The other seven countries are Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea.

Japan are the only former champions to register a continued interest, while Brazil - who hosted the 2014 men's World Cup - are also on the list alongside Australia.

There is further South American representation from Argentina and Colombia. New Zealand and 2010 men's hosts South Africa are set to make a bid, too.

South Korea is the final country in contention, although the Korea Football Association has expressed its interest in a joint bid with North Korea.

There had been a record 10 interested parties prior to Monday's deadline to enter the bidding process, with Belgium - leaving no European options, months on from France 2019 - and Bolivia dropping out.

FIFA has dispatched the updated bidding and hosting documents, with bid books, signed hosting agreements and all other documents to be submitted by December 13.

Other countries hoping to join an existing bid can do so until this date.

FIFA inspections are set for January and February of next year, with the hosts to be officially appointed in May.

Source AAP