US Withdraws Bid to Host 2018 World Cup

Published by: dallaseste on 15th Oct 2010 | View all blogs by dallaseste

US Withdraws Bid to Host 2018 World Cup

The United States World Cup bidding committee has decided to withdraw its bid to host the 2018 World Cup and focus its attention on trying to win the right to host the 2022 tournament instead.

The announcement was made on Friday after what the committee called “several months of careful deliberation” which followed a series of meetings with the sport's ruling body FIFA and Europe's controlling body UEFA.   The withdrawal of the US bid leaves four candidates vying to host the 2018 tournament, all of them from Europe.

In addition to England and Russia, there are joint bids from Spain-Portugal and from Belgium-the Netherlands.  As for the US's attempt to host the event in 2022, they will have to compete with bids from Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Qatar in order to win the right to host the World Cup for the second time, having previously held the event in 1994.

Since the tournament is not allowed to be held on the same continent two times consecutively, the 2018 bidders, as well as any other European nations, will be forbidden from bidding on the 2018 Cup. 

"For some time we have been in conversations with FIFA and UEFA about the possibility of focusing only on the 2022 bidding process, an option we have made reference to many times," bid chairman Sunil Gulati, the president of U.S. Soccer and chairman of the bis committee, said in a statement.
"We are confident this is in the best interests of the USA Bid. We wanted to make the announcement now, still 48 days before the final decision, in order to make our intentions clear during the last part of our campaign."

The Switzerland-based executive committee of FIFA is scheduled to meet later this month to discuss the final bids before a decision is announced for both tournaments on December 2nd.

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