Go on! Blatter wants Japan to host both rugby and women's football World Cups in 2019
19:30 GMT, 7 September 2012
Japan have been encouraged to bid for the 2019 women's World Cup, with FIFA President Sepp Blatter seeing no reason why the country can't stage the competition and the Rugby World Cup in the same year.
'Japan would be a good candidate,' Blatter said on Friday. 'They are a little bit afraid because they have the Rugby World Cup in the same year but the sports are totally different.'
The rugby World Cup will be played between September and October, and Blatter said Japan could hold the women's tournament beforehand.
Encouragement: Sepp Blatter (left) with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
Uzbekistan were originally scheduled to host the U20 tournament, but FIFA stripped the country of hosting rights because of 'logistical and technical issues' and Japan stepped in only six months before the start of the tournament.
Blatter said Japan's successful staging of the U20 tournament proves it would be a good host for the 2019 event.
'You have to play somewhere where women's football is established,' he explained. 'Otherwise, it will not be a big success.'
Japan won the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany. Canada will host the 2015 tournament.