"The astounding success" of this year’s Women’s World Cup in France, won by the United States, led to the decision to expand, FIFA said.
Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz and Rose LaVelle also are on the shortlist after helping the U.S. defend its World Cup title this summer.
A new winner of the Best FIFA Women's Player Award will be crowned later this year.
"The timing is right to move on, and the programme is positioned to remain at the pinnacle of women’s soccer," Jill Ellis said on Tuesday.
U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro released a letter to federation members, explaining results of financial analysis over 10 years.
If council members can reach an agreement about the expansion by next week, then FIFA plans to pick the host in May instead of March.
Long's key, among other items, was stolen from her Los Angeles hotel room last week while the team was being honored at the ESPYs.
The company, which is owned by Procter & Gamble — a sponsor of the national team — gifted each of the 23 players $23,000.
Serena Williams' comments on fighting for equal pay have been backed by Women's World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe.
Rapinoe said she stands by her White House comments because she doesn't agree with Trump's message.