Costa Rica will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2018 and 2022 with a ceremony hosted by former FIFA executive officer Maria Corina Machado, according to a press release issued by the tournament organizers.
The ceremony will take place on the Plaza de Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, which will be open to the public.
The ceremony will be preceded by a traditional football match between Costa Rican teams Costa Rica and Mexico.
Machado has served as a FIFA Executive Committee member since 2012 and is currently the Vice President of FIFA and the FIFA Executive Board.
Machado’s role as a member of the FIFA executive committee has been controversial in recent years, with some calling for her resignation from FIFA following allegations of corruption, bribery and other corruption allegations.
The tournament will be hosted by the International Federation of Professional Football Clubs, which is led by the governing body of the World Cup and FIFA, and is composed of professional football teams in each of the 28 member nations of the tournament.
Machados role in FIFA, which she has served since 2012, has led to allegations of conflict of interest and ethics violations.
In June, FIFA said Machado’s name would not be on the 2018 and 2020 World Cup bidding lists.