Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Beckham backs N America World Cup bid

Beckham backs N America World Cup bid

Infantino said the proposal would be put to the FIFA Congress in Moscow on June 10 and a decision would be needed within one year.

Grindel conceded, however, that the reports from the FIFA Evaluation Task Force - which cleared both bids to proceed to the FIFA Council for approval - "hands the momentum" to the United 2026 bid because the panel "sees advantages in the areas of stadium, transport as well as ticketing and hospitality".

Head of Morocco's campaign bid, Moulay Hafid El Alamy, had previously expressed concern that Infantino may favor the joint North American bid. You want to travel to great places and if those places get the World Cup, it's special'.

Serious work also needs to be done on the training sites in Morocco, with over half still needing to be built, and the other half requiring renovation.

"So now the infrastructure is more there, the excitement is more there and there's more people throughout the U.S. that are really starting to understand the game, get excited about the game and that's not just people inside the United States getting excited about European football, they're getting excited about the MLS and what's happening in the MLS".

Reed praised Zimbabwe's hospitality and was optimistic their bid will win on June 13, where the final decision will be made by the Federation Internationale de Football Association congress, "We are very appreciative of the president and the minister and the government for their support". The final vote at the Fifa Congress is three days later and will be decided by up to 207 soccer nations in a public vote where the inspection scores can be ignored in regard to deciding the destination of the sport's global showpiece.

Infantino's support for a 48-team World Cup is not in doubt.

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"Whether this is possible to be done only in Qatar of course is a question mark, so of course this should be looked into".

Any consultation on the 2022 World Cup must reach a decision by FIFA's June 2019 congress, he said. "I wouldn't have any issue it if was (from) Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Russia, the United States, China, Japan. the more, the better".

"I think I have good relations with everyone in the (Gulf) region because I focus on football, and not on politics", Infantino said.

Morocco has unsuccessfully bid four times before, in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010, the latter occasion being when South Africa became the first African nation to host the World Cup.

"It's fantastic. We should be proud and happy for that".

"For the moment, we have a World Cup with 32 teams which will be played in Qatar, that is the current situation", said Infantino. "They have been awarded a World Cup with 32 teams and that is how it is", he said.

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