On To 2026 For Now

On To 2026 For Now

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 2, 2010
  • 2022 World Cup, Qatar

Someone better check Sepp's back pocket after this. (Getty Images)

I had a bad feeling when I woke up this morning. Not only was my head hurting from a sinus infection and my mind spinning from the cold medicine it was the gut feeling something rough was about to go down. Sure enough FIFA announced that Qatar, not the US, would be hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Gutted. Mad. Upset. Angry. Slightly depressed.

You name it we’re all feeling it today.

We wanted the World Cup back here for the first time since the mid-90s. Now we have to wait even longer. Possibly 2026, though it could end up being 2034 or 2038. Ugh.

For now it’s time to move forward and refocus on the future.

For a couple months its been reported that China would be interested in bidding for the 2026 World Cup. If anything today’s vote should give us reason to believe that they have a lesser chance at winning that bid if they do place once. There’s no way on Earth FIFA would have two straight Asian World Cups. They’d only do that in Europe.

I know FIFA would love to go to China, just like they did with Russia and Qatar today. But three World Cups in a row in practically the same region doesn’t make sense to many around the world. But it is FIFA that we’re talking about here. They can change rules on a whim without really telling anyone.

But looking at it all 2026 seems very realistic for the US. Four more extra years to wait for some, but the chance to strengthen the bid with even better stadiums that will pop up by then. Not to mention infrastructure advances and other things that could help the bid out.

I look at today as a disappointment for US Soccer, not a set back. Its very similar to the loss to Ghana this past summer really. At least we didn’t endure what England did in their bidding, they got eliminated in the first round. Ouch.

I’m keeping this reaction short because I don’t want to rip what Qatar could actually do for the game in the world. If everything goes as they plan it could be a wonderful, although hot, World Cup. Maybe once the dust settles on this I’ll go back and really give a more detailed thought about all of this. Until then, I’m just moving on towards 2026.

  • Stufortytwo

    Anyone who sees Qatar, Russia (western), and China as “practically in the same region” is a tad delusional and needs a geography lesson. China is a definite competitor for 2026.

    • Qatar and China are in the same region for FIFA…Throw in the fact that Russia takes up part of Asia, believe me I know geography wise it isn’t really the same region. I know China is a definite competitor but FIFA going to Asia two times in a row for a World Cup seems more delusional to me.

      • Name

        It turns out China wouldn’t be able to bid for 2026 anyway because of FIFA’s rule being the same region can’t host back to back world cups. At least that’s the rule for now, but we all know FIFA can easily change that rule without telling anybody about it.

  • ViperLAG

    Next time we just need to buy off everyone’s vote to insure that we get the 2026 nod.
    Obviously that worked for Qatar and their glad handing with Spain / Portugal. The voting that goes on within FIFA is likened to some of the presidential elections in the former Soviet states.