FINA Opens Bidding for 2025, 2027 World Championships

FINA, the world governing body for 6 aquatic sports of pool swimming, diving, open water swimming, water polo, artistic swimming (synchro), and high diving, has opened bidding for the 2025 and 2027 World Aquatics Championships, which will include all 6. Interested federations and cities are due to notify FINA of their intention to bid by no later than November 26th, 2018.

Timeline for the bid:

  • November 26, 2018 – Notice of interest to FINA due
  • January 25, 2019 – Meeting with interested candidates in Lausanne
  • April 25, 2019 – formal bids due to FINA
  • Site visits
  • July 11, 2019 – announcement of hosting duties in Gwangju, Korea

The two-meet simultaneous bidding follows the new pattern of awarding two meets in one bidding process. The 2025 and 2027 meets, however, will be awarded far earlier (6/8 years out) than the 2021 and 2023 meets were (5/7 years out).

The next 2 World Short Course Championships and next 3 World Aquatics Championships are all being hosted in Asia.

  • 2018 (short course) – Hanzhou, China
  • 2019 (long course) – Gwangju, South Korea
  • 2020 (short course) – Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • 2021 (long course) – Fukuoka, Japan
  • 2022 (short course) – TBD
  • 2023 (long course) – Doha, Qatar
  • 2024 (short course) – Kazan, Russia
  • 2025 (long course) – TBD
  • 2026 (short course) – Budapest, Hungary
  • 2027 (short course) – TBD

FINA will continue to host the World Aquatics Championships in conjunction with the World Masters Championships in the same facilities.

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2 years ago

Braden – any thoughts on why the US seems to never bid to be a WC host?

Reply to  Joe
2 years ago

Love to hear his response too…. I think it’s because the costs are too high. Domestically, huge events like this work for traditional pro sports in the U.S., not nontraditional sports. HOWEVER, I would love to see a FINA World Champs on US soil.

Bo swims
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

with Masters being a part of the event there is a bigger pot of money from hotel taxes that could help cover the costs.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

Two words, Mel………………..



Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Well, WC2027 are just one year before LA2028 so it isn’t such a big investment…
Bond the two projects together and you have a strong, financially smart, interesting bid which is really likely to win.

One of the dominant theory about Olympics is that in the year before and in the 3-4 years after the actual Games the city/region should host high level sport event (swimming, Athletics, cyclism, world level football match, ecc..) to extend the OG experience.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

i feel its pretty lame considering that Usa would be a great host ( when we look at Us Nationals ) and is the Number 1 Nation within that sport .

He said What?
Reply to  Joe
2 years ago

I think the closest the USA ever came to hosting the WCs was for the 1982 Championships to be held in Santa Clara. But the city of SC backed out leaving FINA to scramble for a replacement which ended up being Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Reply to  Joe
2 years ago

Costs too high. Remember the US hosted successful Olympics financially by using outdoor facilities. Both LA and Atlanta. Swimming isn’t the problem. Diving is expensive without the fan base to cover. Water Polo doesn’t have the fan base like in Europe either. Maybe Stanford or Irvine? To keep it cheap. But probably won’t win a bid in an outdoor pool anymore.

US Swim Fan
2 years ago

If the US ever hosted LC Worlds, any thoughts on where it would be?

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  US Swim Fan
2 years ago

LA, once the olympic facility is built.

Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
2 years ago

It’s temporary on the existing USC baseball field.

So probably not.

You could host it any major basketball or football arena. Pick a city with a good entertainment district around the arena.

2 years ago

Toronto is considering a bid for 2027

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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