January 30, 2009
HAT INTO THE RING
U.S. to bid on 2018, 2022 World Cups
U.S. Soccer will vie to host another World Cup.
On Monday, American soccer's governing body will announce its intention to bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati will discuss the bid on a conference call and introduce the executive director of the U.S. bid committee.
The deadline for federations to submit their paperwork expressing interest in hosting either Cup is Monday.
In a unique decision, the 2018 and 2022 hosts will be chosen in December, 2010.
The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup, which attracted 3.6 million spectators, which is still a record despite the spectacle being expanded from 24 to 36 teams in 1998.
South Africa will host the 2010 World Cup, followed by Brazil in 2014.
Because Europe will not have held a World Cup since the 2006 edition in Germany, it is expected that continent will get the 2018 bid. As of now, England has expressed interest and Belgium and the Netherlands are planning a joint bid.
Australia and Qatar have expressed interest in hosting the 2018 Cup.
The U.S. was awarded the 1994 World Cup by FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland on July 4, 1988.