US pulls bid to host 2018 WCup to focus on 2022
The United States pulled out Friday of the bidding race for the
2018 World Cup, switching its focus to winning the hosting rights
The decision, which had been expected, came after ”months of
careful deliberation” between FIFA, UEFA and the U.S. bid team,
said FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.
U.S. bid chairman Sunil Gulati said in a statement that the move
is in its ”best interests.”
Australia, Japan, Qatar and South Korea are also bidding to
stage the 2022 event.
The 2018 World Cup will now be played in Europe, either in
England, Russia or the joint bids of Netherlands-Belgium and
With FIFA rules stipulating that successive World Cups cannot be
played on the same continent, England responded to the U.S.
decision by withdrawing its 2022 bid.
Europe has long been expected to host in 2018 because the 2010
tournament was in South Africa and the 2014 finals are in
FIFA will choose both hosts on Dec. 2.