2018 Announcement in 2010
Sunday, 3rd January 2010 at 05:09am
FIFA has announced that the winners for the right to host the 2018 World Cup Finals will be announced in December 2010. The secretary general of FIFA, Jerome Valcke, also stated that football's governing body were contemplating announcing the 2022 hosts too, to give the winning bid the most amount of time to prepare for the tournament.
South Africa was announced as the winner in May of 2004 which left the African nation almost 6 years to the day in order to be ready. With fears that certain aspects of the 2010 finals will not be completed until a month before the tournament is scheduled to begin, FIFA have decided to act to ensure any last minute problems can be avoided in future finals.
So far England and a combined bid from Holland and Belgium have submitted to FIFA their desire to host the World Cup, with possible bids coming from Australia, the USA, Russia and Spain. With 2010 heading to Africa and 2014 heading to Brazil it is likely that the finals will be held in Europe, but Australia will present a strong case for hosting the World Cup for the first time in Oceania with its track record for hosting major events with immense success.