To host the FIFA World Cup can be a very prestigious feat for any country (or countries). That is why so many countries have regularly competed in a bid to host the World Cup.
The FIFA World Cup hosting is usually rotated between continents. This way the host country is now chosen in a vote by FIFA’s Council (former Executive Committee). The voting process is through an
exhaustive ballot system. The decision is currently made some years in advance of the tournament.
We are eagerly expecting the 2018 World Cup in Russia and we already know that the 2022 World Cup will be in Qatar. But we do not know which countries will host the subsequent ones.
Today we look at 10 countries who are very likely to host the World Cup from 2026 down to 2038.
1. United States, Canada and Mexico
In 2002 South Korea and Japan became the first countries to host the World Cup together. But come 2026, United States, Canada and Mexico will be looking to host the World Cup.
In fact on 10 April 2017, Canada, the United States, and Mexico announced their intention to submit a joint bid to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, with 75 percent of the matches to be played in the U.S., including the final.
If they get the hosting rights, it will be the first time three nations got to host a world cup and the first time since 1994, before a CONCACAF nation hosted the tournament.
Morocco has seen their football develop rapidly in recent years. So, on 11th of August 2017, Morocco officially announced their bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Remember the 2026 World Cup will be the first time 48 teams will compete.
3. Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay
The World Cup began in 1930 and the year 2030 will mark 100 years of World Cup- the Centennial World Cup. And what better place to mark that than where it all began, South America!
Uruguay and Argentina officially confirmed their desire to bid for the World Cup on 29 July 2017. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez supported this by wearing commemorative shirts when Uruguay and Argentina met in Montevideo.
Although Paraguay is aiming for joining the bid, that hasn’t really been confirmed yet.
4. New Zealand and Australia
The nations from the OFC has a chance to submit a World Cup bid in 2026, but if they don’t get it, 2030 will be a great time to do so. New Zealand and Australia can shown interest in bidding for the World Cup and bringing it to Oceania for the first time ever.
England have always wanted to host the FIFA World Cup, considering the fact that they last hosted it in 1966 where they also won it.
After losing to Russia in 2018, England will be hoping to submit a potential bid for the 2030 World Cup. English FA vice chairman David Gill, confirmed this.
Isn’t it strange that the most populous country in the world are yet to host the biggest footballing tournament in the world. China has always shown strong desire to host the World Cup. China’s President Xi Jinping met FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Beijing on June 14 and expressed his strong hope that China would host a World Cup in the future. Who knows? 2034 could be the year China gets that opportunity.
Indonesia are looking to grow their football by pioneering the move to bring the World Cup to South East Asia in 2034.
On the 3 July 2017, acting secretary-general of the The Indonesian FA (PSSI), Joko Driyono confirmed that Indonesia will bid for the 2034 World Cup.
8. Thailand and Singapore
It looks like a lot of countries from South East will bid for the World Cup in 2034. Thailand have shown interest in hosting the World Cup in 2034 and Singapore have also shown similar interest. Although both nations have stated their interests individually, it is possible that they might co-host the tournament.
9. Belgium and Netherlands
In 2013, Belgium and the Netherlands submitted a joint bid for the 2018 World Cup, which was later awarded to Russia.
Belgium and Netherlands are too footballing powerhouses in Europe. It is very likely that they would submit another bid, 20 years after losing out.
Only one African country has succeeded in hosting the World Cup- South Africa. Ghana have shown an interest to host the World Cup in 2038.
Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr Nii Moi Thompson, reported that plans were underway to improve sports in Ghana and bid to host the World Cup in 2038.
Originally written by Nwokolo Collins.