These moves have been unofficial for some time with FIFA reportedly just dropping them from consideration and pushing the 2018 World Cup to Europe, but today they’ve been made official – probably with some heavy pushing from FIFA.
Nothing’s really changed but the names on the bid committee: World Cup 2018 has always been heading to Europe, while 2022 will go either Asia (including Australia) or the US.
The news reads as such:
FIFA says the United States has pulled out of the bidding race for the 2018 World Cup to focus on getting hosting rights in 2022.
FIFA says the decision, which had been expected, comes after “months of careful deliberation” between FIFA, UEFA and the U.S. bid team.
Which happened swiftly as “What’s wrong with you? You’re wasting our time.”
What should be the final bid setup for both 2018 & 2022:
Belgium & Netherlands
Portugal & Spain
To be honest – and with a little help from those in the know at World Football Insider – the feeling here has always been the two bids in the news, England and the US, are the slight favorites for victory. FIFA even has granted one language a three-peat – Argentina, Spain & Mexico (which was originally given to Colombia, as well) – so going back-to-back with the English language nations likely won’t be a problem.
But wouldn’t England and the US four years apart just be too…boring and vanilla?