Ada Hegerberg, Lucy Bronze and Amandine Henry underlined Lyon's dominance of European football by monopolising UEFA's shortlist.
U.S. Soccer also appointed Earnie Stewart as its sporting director, overseeing all men's and women's national team programs.
Players have claimed in a lawsuit that under their previous contract a player on the USWNT earned less than half what men were paid.
FIFA announced on Wednesday the 2023 Women's World Cup will be the first to include 32 teams.
"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.