- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 30, 2007
- 0 Comments
A day after the announcement that FIFA would stop the current continent rotation system for the hosting of the World Cup, another country has decided to go ahead and publicly throw their name in the hat for the 2018 World Cup.
Australia announced today (or last night…they are like a day ahead of us aren’t they) that they would put a bid for the 2018 Cup along with England and the US. Football Federation Australia (FFA) chief executive Ben Buckley said Australia was ‘very serious’ about bidding for the 2018 World Cup now that it was open to countries outside of North America.
Buckley said the FFA had undertaken preliminary work looking at potential stadiums and the financial feasibility of hosting the World Cup. FIFA’s executive committee voted unanimously on Monday to ditch its policy of rotating the World Cup between the six continental confederations.
The hosting winner won’t be announced until 2011 but this means there is still plenty of time for countries to put in hopeful bids to FIFA. Sadly though, I really doubt the Aussies have a realistic chance of being the host for the 2018 Cup but I wouldn’t be surprised if in the future they do get a bid for hosting one.
England and the US are still the front-runners for the 2018 Cup. Even with the rotation system out of the question, these are the two countries with the best shot of hosting due to the number of quality stadiums. Expect the US to bank on the fact that there are more 70,000+ stadiums in the country to play games in than in England in getting this bid. The more people there, the more money and so on.
Still, one has to believe that England will get the bid. But time will tell.