For the second time in 2010, the FIFA World Cup promises to deliver incredible drama for soccer fans in the United States â€“ but this time, the anticipation and excitement will happen away from the field. After almost two years of preparations, the USA Bid Committee will find out on Thursday, Dec. 2, in Zurich, Switzerland, whether the 2022 World Cup will be played in the United States when FIFA announces the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.
CLINTON, FREEMAN, DONOVAN AND GULATI ON HAND TO PRESENT BID
The USA Bid Committee confirmed on Monday that President Bill Clinton, Academy-award winning actor Morgan Freeman and U.S. Menâ€™s National Team midfielder Landon Donovan will join USA Bid Committee Chairman and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati in making up the team that will give the Bidâ€™s final presentation to FIFA on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Zurich. Gulati and Donovan are already on the ground in Zurich and have been putting the final touches on their presentations, while Freeman, who is expected to be the lead-off presenter for the USA bid, will arrive in Zurich later today.
U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER TO BE IN ZURICH
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will also travel to Zurich this week to support the USA Bid Committeeâ€™s efforts to bring the 2022 FIFA World Cup to the United States.Â Holder will join the team that will make the final presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee on Wednesday.Â The United States government has strongly supported the bid to bring the World Cup to the United States in 2022, including a bipartisan resolution that was passed earlier this month by both Houses of Congress.
THE PRESIDENT STATES HIS CASE
U.S. President Bill Clinton, the honorary chairman of the USA Bid Committee, wrote a column last week touching on why the United States would be a deserving and welcoming host of the FIFA World Cup in 2022. You can read the column here.
INSIDE THE BID WITH STUDIO 90
Studio 90, ussoccer.comâ€™s popular web show, is on hand in Zurich covering the bid preparations and announcement and will bring you all the reaction from the key players.Â Look for a new episode of Studio 90 later today.
ALL ABOUT THE PRESENTATIONS
Through two days on Wednesday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 2, all nine bidding counties will make their 30-minute presentations to the FIFA Executive Committee. Hereâ€™s all you need to know about the two days of presentations:
On Wednesday, the United States, Australia, Korea Republic, Japan and Qatar will make their presentations for the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022, while Belgium/Netherlands, Spain/Portugal, England and Russia will make their presentations on Thursday in the hopes of earning the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
The presentations for all nine bidding countries for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups will be made at FIFA House.
Here is the schedule for the presentations, with times listed in Zurich (local)/ET:
Wednesday, Dec. 1
2 p.m. / 8 a.m. â€“ Australia
3 p.m. / 9 a.m.Â â€“ Korea Republic
4 p.m. / 10 a.m. â€“ Qatar
5 p.m. / 11 a.m. â€“ United States
6 p.m. / Noon â€“ Japan
Thursday, Dec. 2
9 a.m. / 3 a.m.Â â€“ Belgium/Netherlands
10 a.m. / 4 a.m. â€“ Spain/Portugal
11 a.m. / 5 a.m. â€“ England
12 p.m. / 6 a.m. â€“ RussiaÂ Â
How to Follow:
FIFA.com will be live streaming of all the presentations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.
AND THE WINNER ISâ€¦
Following the presentations on Thursday, Dec. 2, each of the FIFA Executive Committee members will vote for their selected host nation for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. The voting process could take several rounds before winners are decided as a majority of 12 votes are required to secure the bid. (For more details on the voting process, see below.) After the secret ballots are tallied, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will announce the winners. Hereâ€™s all you need to know about the announcement for both World Cups:
The delegations for all nine bidding countries will be on hand for the announcement for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.
The announcements will be conducted at the exhibition center of Messe Zurich.
The announcement is expected at approximately 4 p.m. local (10 a.m. ET). FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will open the envelopes to reveal the names of the winners before the live audience in the exhibition center and across the world.
How to Follow: The event will be carried live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Fox Soccer Channel, FOX Deportes, CNN International and Univision, as well as on FIFA.com.
THE VOTING PROCESS
The FIFA Executive Committee, chaired by President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, approved the voting process to determine the hosts of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup during its meeting held in Zurich on Oct. 28 and 29. The voting will take place at Messe Zurich on Thursday, Dec. 2, and the process will be as follows:
- The 2018 vote will take place first, followed by the vote for 2022. The vote will be by secret ballot and all eligible members of the FIFA Executive Committee can vote in both ballots
- To win the right to host the competition, a bidder must obtain an absolute majority (50% + 1) of the votes of the FIFA Executive Committee members present
- In the event of a tie when only two bidders remain, the FIFA President will have the casting vote
- For any voting round in which an absolute majority is not achieved, the bidder with the lowest number of votes will not progress to the next voting round
- If there is a tie for the lowest number of votes in any round, an intermediate voting round will be conducted to determine which of the tied bidders does not progress
- When the final decision on the host has been taken, the result will be put in two envelopes and handed over to the FIFA President for the announcements
Looking for more information and pictures from behind the scenes as the USA Bid Committee awaits the FIFA announcement on Dec. 2? Make sure to check out theÂ MNT Blog on ussoccer.com to get the latest from Zurich.Â Â
THE WORLD IS PAYING ATTENTION
One of the biggest announcements in the history of sports is drawing a host of VIPs and renowned personalities from the worlds of sport and politics to Zurich. The worldâ€™s media is also turning out in force, with more than 1,000 journalists accredited to cover the event, and nearly 70 TV stations broadcasting the announcement live.Â Â
BREAKFAST AND BID ANNOUNCEMENT AT OFFICIAL U.S. SOCCER BARS
Official U.S. Soccer Bars across the country are opening Thursday morning so fans can watch FIFAâ€™s 2018 and 2022 Bid Announcement. Contact your local Official Bar to see what time their doors open so you can be part of the excitement.Â A list of Official U.S. Soccer Bar locations can be found here.
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