Experts and fans who were expecting FIFA to amend their current regulations to allow bids from Europe and Asia in the 2026 bidding process were disappointed after the FIFA Council has ruled that countries from Europe (UEFA) and Asia (AFC) will be barred from bidding to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
This means that a number of serious European competitors are now out of the picture. Also, emerging football/ soccer countries such as China will not have a chance to win the hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup. China will have to wait for their turn in 2030.
FIFA’s decision however will be a big boost to the United States’ potential bid to host the tournament as it rules out many of their top would-be competitors.
Even though US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati so far has not officially committed to bidding for the 2026 World Cup, a US bid is widely anticipated. With Canada and Mexico also interested in bidding, the US may face the toughest competition from within their own association CONCACAF.
If the US wants to make sure they’ll win the hosting rights for the 2026 tournament, the logical step would be to embark on a joint bid with Canada and/ or Mexico.
But even if the US were to go on their own, chances that they will win the hosting rights for 2026 are immense.
Quality is Key:
During the bidding process and especially after the hosting rights are won, a thorough Quality Management is needed to ensure that the tournament will fulfill expectations and requirements of stakeholders around the globe.
Organizing a FIFA World Cup which does not live up to expectations can quickly result in a loss of reputation for the host country.
BALLYMPICS will support bidding nations (first come, first serve) and the 2026 Host Country to ensure Quality Management is embedded early on in the process and at later stages during tournament preparations.
Written by: Joern Schlimm