FIFA has announced that it will be visiting the USA within the first week of September 2010. The purpose is to evaluate the possibility of the USA hosting the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.
According to David Downs who is the Executive Director of the US Bid Committee, there are 981,000 signatures in the petition for FIFA. He is hoping for one million signatures.
Landon Donovan has thrown his hat in the ring by challenging people to sign the petition to bring the World Cup to the USA. He is also talking about the magic number called one million.
According to the FIFA protocol, there will be a six man delegation from the football/soccer federation that will tour the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey/New York, the Fed Ex Field in Washington, DC, Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida, Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, and the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
The head of the delegation is Harold Mayne-Nicholls who is the President of the Chilean Football Federation while another member is the former head of the 2010 World Cup organizing committee Danny Jordaan.
After the tour, the group will return to Europe to vote on the possible nominees on December 2, 2010. They have finished their visits to Russia as well as Netherlands and Belgium.
The 2018 candidates are the USA, Russia, England, Spain/Portugal, Netherlands/Belgium. The 2022 Candidates are the same countries but included in the list are Qater, Republic of Korea [also known as South Korea], and Australia.
While all of the candidates are great, the USA deserves to be selected even though it was host for the 1994 World Cup. The USA has matured as a soccer country with the presence of many leagues such as MLS and NASL.
There are people who love soccer especially the MLS. One of the notable examples is Ohio Comedian Drew Carey who is promoting the sport for the love of it.
In Miami Florida, more people tuned to the World Cup than other programmes combined. At the same time, people are looking at the US Soccer Team as a team that could compete in the big leagues in spite of the doubters.
While I have a personal opinion, one has to be a realist. It is my general feeling that a European country preferrably Russia will be chosen as the host of the 2018 World Cup.
Russia will be chosen since Brazil is hosting the 2014 World Cup and a continent cannot host two consecutive games. Another reason is that the FIFA Inspection Committee have a love for the unknown which is another reason for Russia.
The 2022 World Cup may fall to the USA either by default or by a heavy amount of support. The reason for the default is the possibility that China may bid for the 2026 World Cup.
If that is true, the candidacy of the Asian and Pacific Countries as well as Qatar may fall flat. It remains to be seen what will transpire and how the voting will turn out. Keep your fingers crossed.