England a long shot to host 2018 World Cup?

The 2010 World Cup kicks on June 11, 2010 in South Africa. And even though that tournament has not yet started plans are already being made around which cities will host future World Cup tournaments.  The 2014 World Cup has already been awarded to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Now soccer’s governing body, FIFA, is planning for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cup.

FIFA has indicated that the 2018 World Cup will likely be hosted by a European country.  The early favorite to host the 2018 World Cup might be Russia, which impressed FIFA head Sepp Blatter when he visited the country recently. Other European countries in the running include; England, a combined bid by Spain & Portugal, and a combined bid by the Netherlands & Belgium.

One would assume that England would be one of the strongest candidates for the 2018 World Cup since they already have much of the infrastructure necessary to host such a large event.  But FIFA’s Blatter said “not sure” that England would be able to secure a win to host the tournament.  Which makes it sound like no matter how good England might look on paper, there could be other factors that prevent them from securing the right to host the 2018 World Cup. 

That said, anything can happen in these situations.  Many thought Chicago was the favorite to host the 2014 Olympics and IOC selected Rio de Janeiro instead.  So at this point England is still in the running, but it sounds like they’ll need to win over FIFA if they are going to host the 2018 World Cup.