New Zealand has joined England in deciding not to continue with a bid to host the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup.
New Zealand had been one of five countries that submitted a declaration of interest to stage the tournament, Fifa announced in May, but New Zealand Football announced today it would not be moving onto the next stage of filing an official bid, citing financial considerations.
England's Football Association said earlier this week that it no longer wanted to be considered as a potential host of the Women's World Cup, for which France, South Korea and South Africa are now left in the running.
The host of the 2019 Women’s World Cup will most likely also stage the 2018 Under-20 Women’s World Cup as a dress rehearsal.
Andy Martin, chief executive of NZF, said: "We signalled our interest in May to give ourselves time to investigate the full implications of bringing a tournament of this stature to New Zealand.
"After making a detailed financial assessment regarding the impact of hosting this major event on the football calendar, we concluded that the 2019 event will come too soon for us."
He continued: "We remain keen to consider hosting the Women’s World Cup in the future while we continue our significant investment in the development of the women’s game at both grassroots and elite levels."
New Zealand is already slated to stage the men's Under-20 World Cup in 2015.
Bidding documents for the 2019 Women's World Cup must be submitted by 31 October 2014, with a decision on the host to be made at the first Fifa executive committee meeting of 2015.
The next Women's World Cup will take place in Canada next year.