CONCACAF to win FIFA World Cup 2016 bid?
The next FIFA World Cup to be bid on will be the World Cup 2026. That will probably come under some heavy scrutiny as well after all the corruption scandals that broke out last year around bidding for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. So new FIFA boss Gianni Infantino will want everything as water tight as things can possibly be for the bidding.
The bidding was supposed to have already been underway, but it got put on the backburner with all the disruption at the world football governing body. Any vote on as to who the holders of the 2026 FIFA World Cup would be, isn’t likely to come around to 2019 because generally nations are given a good seven years to prepare themselves for the hosting of a FIFA World Cup. So it’s a long process, but who is on the front line for hosting the 2026 World Cup.
First of all, it won’t be a European or Asian nation. No confederation can bid on a World Cup for two tournaments after having hosted one. So with AFC representative Qatar hosting in 2022, no-one else from the confederation can host in 2026. So too Europe. Russia are hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup so UEFA can’t get back on the board until 2030 with a bid. So the field has been narrowed a bit, leaving the OFC, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF and the CAF to make a bid.
You can perhaps break this down a little further and knock some of those off as well. Australia has left the OFC and moved to the AFC because they wanted a higher standard of competition. So that puts them out of making a bid for the tournament, so if the OFC were to make a bid it would be on the shoulders of New Zealand, who perhaps can’t carry that kind of infrastructure to host the tournament. So it’s unlikely that it will head there.
The CONMEBOL (South America) is really interesting. Colombia have raised some interest in making a bid for 2026 however, they may fall foul of the 2030 World Cup celebrations. That will be centenary celebration tournament for FIFA and it is very likely to go back to where it all started, Uruguay. Uruguay and Argentina are already the front runners to host the 2030 World Cup because of the origins of the tournament. So if it goes there, then that would mean that it couldn’t be hosted by a CONMEBOL member in the prior edition of 2026.
So Colombia and CONMEBOL may get pushed out. So on to the CAF which has hosted just one FIFA World Cup before, that being South Africa. There is a train of thought that it could be time again to head to the continent, however, the infrastructure would need a massive amount of cash invested to get things up to speed, whether it be Morocco, Egypt or one of the other main northern nations.
Frankly it doesn’t look as likely that the 2026 FIFA World Cup would go to Africa as it would a CONCACAF nation. There you have Canada, the USA and Mexico all with the potential of hosting. Canada are the favourites at 4/1 in Coral’s ‘Who Will Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup’ market. They have been on the radar for some time and successfully hosted the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup. They would need some new stadiums and renovations done to get enough stadiums on the board, but the Great White North appears to be a strong player.
But they will face competition from 8/1 shots the USA and 13/2 options Mexico. Mexico, who are looking to host the World Cup for the third time, plan to give the famous Azteca Stadium a makeover and base their bid around that. But the Mexican bid overall isn’t likely to match what the USA can bring to the table, without having to lift too much of a finger. With the USA already been the main aggrieved player at the 2022 bid which went to Qatar, there could be some sympathy for them there.
Both the 2018 World Cup and the 2022 World Cup are under investigation amid alleged corrupt bidding practices. The USA would likely step in if Qatar were to be stripped of the 2022 tournament because the infrastructure is already there for them. The popularity of the MLS has exploded and is running very high at the moment and that powerful domestic scene wasn’t even there when they hosted the tournament so well back in 1994. So they really are the ones with all of their ducks in a row when it comes to 2026 FIFA World Cup bidding.
It is going to be a very important process for new FIFA boss Gianni Infantino with the credibility of FIFA at stake. He has said that the bidding process has to be “absolutely bullet-proof”. Who will get the nod?
Who Will Host The 2026 World Cup odds
Canada 4/1, Colombia 13/2, Mexico 13/2, USA 8/1, Morocco 16/1, New Zealand 20/1.
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