May 14, 2010
THE BIDS ARE IN
U.S., 8 others make presentations to FIFA
ZURICH, Switzerland---The United States and eight other bidding countries formally presented their official bid books to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The United States delegation, which included U.S. Soccer President and USA Bid Committee Chairman Sunil Gulati, USA Bid Committee Executive Director David Downs, USA Bid Committee Managing Director John Kristick and U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra presented the bid book to FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke.
The U.S. Bid Book includes 18 host city finalists: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C. The list of host cities includes 21 stadiums in compliance with FIFA’s requirements to be included in the bid book to FIFA. With the new Meadowlands Stadium now open, all 21 of the stadiums included in the United States bid currently exist and 18 have been built or renovated within the last 20 years. The venues average capacities of more than 76,000 spectators while 12 of the stadiums feature capacities between 75,000 and 94,000 fans.
In addition to the United States, Australia, England and Russia formally declared their desire to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 by presenting their bid books to FIFA today as well. Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain each submitted joint bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, while Japan, Qatar and South Korea are only bidding to host the tournament in 2022. Indonesia withdrew its bid in March 2010, while Mexico withdrew its bid in September 2009.
Following the Mexico announcement, CONCACAF issued a public endorsement for the United States bid in November that pledged the full support of soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The submission of the bids begins the formal process in determining who will host the World Cups in 2018 and 2022, it seems most likely Europe will get the event in 2018 with the countries from the rest of the world vying for the 2022 event. In a first, world soccer's governing body decided to hold the bidding and for two tournaments and announce the winners for both at once.
Several of the bidders, including the Untied States (1994), England (1966) and Spain (1982) have hosted the World Cup in the past.
That decision won't come until Dec. 2 when FIFA will have digested all nine candidates' bids, before then, a FIFA delegation will make an inspection visit of all the candidates.