Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Chances of U.S.-hosted World Cup any time soon appear to shrink
by Paul Kennedy, August 31st, 2007 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  world cup

MOST COMMENTED

If we were to project out the implications of a proposed in FIFA system's to award World Cup hosts, don't count on the World Cup returning to the United States any time before 2026.

That appears to be the effect of the proposed new FIFA bidding process revealed by Reuters' FIFA sources on Thursday in Monaco, where much of Europe's top soccer brass was assembled for the ceremonial kickoff to the new soccer season, the UEFA Champions League draw and other UEFA events.

Instead of the continental rotation system that resulted in South Africa getting the 2010 World Cup and Brazil about to be awarded the 2014 finals, a new system would be put into place for 2018 -- when CONCACAF hoped to be awarded the finals.

"There will be a slight twist, however, in that the previous two regions or continents to host the finals will not be allowed to bid," one source close to the talks told Reuters. "So, say for 2018, South America and Africa nations would not be allowed to bid, but countries from every other region could. The new idea is based on the bidding for the Olympics which generates more excitement and interest."

While the USA would potentially face stiff competition within CONCACAF from Mexico and Canada, it would face potentially overwhelming competition against a European candidate (notably England) and Asian bidder (specifically China).

If Europe and Asia claimed the 2018 and 2022 finals, the field for a CONCACAF winning bid wouldn't be cleared until 2026 -- when European and Asian bidders would not be allowed to bid.

Former French star Michel Platini's recent election as UEFA president would appear to draw European soccer closer to FIFA and its president, Sepp Blatter, Platini's political ally. This proposed "twist" in the bidding process would allow the World Cup to return to Europe every three World Cups instead of every five World Cups as under the rotation system.

It should be said that it was never easy to imagine the rotation system lasting through a whole rotation such that Europe waited 20 years between World Cups.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Closeup: Accam schorcher adds fuel to raging Fire    
The Chicago Fire has been so bad for so long any talk of titles and trophies ...
Open Cup: Defending champion FC Dallas advances    
Mauro Diaz had a goal and an assist to lead defending champion FC Dallas to a ...
MLS Expansion: FC Cincinnati breaks new ground    
FC Cincinnati, which hosts the Chicago Fire Wednesday in a round-of-16 of the U.S. Open Cup ...
Video Pick: Will Ferrell begs Chicharito to join LAFC     
Comedic actor Will Ferrell, also a part owner of the Los Angeles franchise set to join ...
MLS Today: Orlando's Larin cleared to play again    
Less than two weeks after his DUI arrest and suspension, Orlando City star Cyle Larin has ...
Streaming: Fox Sports will air UCL games on Facebook    
UEFA became the latest organization to start streaming on Facebook, teaming with U.S. broadcaster Fox Sports ...
OTT: What NBC's new EPL package means for viewers    
NBC Sports Digital has announced a new "Premier League Pass" as part of its NBC Sports ...
What They're Saying: Ronald de Boer    
"It's very difficult to find action photos of Frank, that's why they use me instead.”-- A ...
Video Pick: Pogba does a dab while scoring    
Paul Pogba, playing in a charity game host by his former Juventus teammate Juan Cuadrado in ...
Gold Cup: Six players who could benefit from big summers    
In Bruce Arena's first two World Cup cycles, players like DaMarcus Beasley and Clint Dempsey (still ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives