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Countdown Clock Is on at to Mark 50 Days Until Vote on FIFA World Cup for 2018 or 2022

NEW YORK (Oct. 12, 2010) – A countdown clock marking the moments until FIFA announces the hosts of the FIFA World Cup tournaments in 2018 and 2022 is now running at

The clock started today to mark this Wednesday’s milestone of 50 days until the Thursday, Dec. 2, vote by the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich, Switzerland. The clock counts down to the approximate time of 4 p.m. in Zurich (10 a.m. ET in the U.S.) when the announcement is scheduled to occur.

More than 1.1 million supporters have signed petitions in support of the bid as displayed on, which also features the acclaimed video, “Bring It To Our Country,” narrated by USA Bid Committee board of directors member and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.

Of the 18 host cities, Philadelphia leads today in the number of supporters who have signed the petition. Philadelphia stands atop the standings with 92,557 supporters, ahead of new second-place city Indianapolis (81,594) and third-place Houston (77,135).

The USA bid at a glance:

  • U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati is Chairman of the USA Bid Committee, David Downs is the Executive Director and President Bill Clinton is the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors. 
  • The USA Bid Committee Board of Directors includes New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, comedian Drew Carey, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya, American soccer stars Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, actor Morgan Freeman, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, former U.S. 
  • Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, director Spike Lee, actor Brad Pitt and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, among other leaders in business, civic affairs, education, media and sports. 
  • The U.S. Bid is supported by official sponsors American Airlines, AT&T and Fox Soccer Channel. 
  • The U.S. Bid includes 18 candidate host cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C. 
  • The U.S. Bid also features state of the art stadiums in each of the 18 cities which are all in compliance with FIFA requirements. 
  • With an average capacity of more than 76,000 spectators, the stadiums in the U.S. Bid offer the availability of a World Cup-record five million tickets.