FIFA keeps 16 teams for 2011 Women's World Cup, rejects attempt to increase to 24

Updated: March 14, 2008, 9:18 AM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH, Switzerland -- FIFA rejected a proposal for 24 teams at the 2001 Women's World Cup, keeping the number at 16.

FIFA's executive committee said Friday that more teams in Germany would dilute the quality of play. Another proposal for 20 teams was rejected.

Theo Zwanziger, president of the German soccer federation, said the next step would be to decide which cities will host the 32 games.

"Three to four games per city seems appropriate," Zwanziger said. "I think we will be able to present our World Cup locations in the fall."

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