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Hosting the World Cup: A feasibility study

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The Government is committed to ensuring that the UK is in a position to competitively bid for, and host, major sporting events and recognises that bids are strengthened if the Government is able to lend active support. The FIFA World Cup and the summer Olympic Games are global sporting events, broadcast in over 200 countries throughout the world. The UK will host the summer Olympic Games in London in 2012 and there is great interest in whether or not the UK
should bid to host a future World Cup. Although not yet confirmed, it is thought that FIFA will allow the World Cup to return to Europe for the 2018 competition.

Of the UK home nations, a bid from The Football Association (The FA), on behalf of England would be the most likely scenario. This study provides The FA with a firm base from which to conduct its own deliberations into whether or not a bid should be made. The study has found a number of positive indications on which to build:

  • hosting the World Cup is likely to produce a positive economic impact as well as other associated intangible benefits;
  • there are at least eleven existing football stadia in England that could potentially host World Cup matches – with Wembley National Stadium providing a centrepiece;
  • there is a solid foundation of public support for England pursuing a bid for hosting a World Cup in 2018. This was established through a public opinion survey conducted prior to the Germany 2006 World Cup to inform this study;
  • as a country with substantial numbers of overseas visitors the UK is well placed to handle the large influx of visitors that would accompany a World Cup competition; and
  • the UK generally has an excellent record of bidding for, and winning, the opportunity to host major sporting events. There are many examples of best practice that The FA could therefore draw upon to increase the chances of success.

There will however, be a number of issues that require further, more detailed consideration before a decision to bid is made.



 editors comments   

Editor's comments - [  This study was commissioned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport [2007] in order to assess the feasibility of the country hosting a future World Cup [2018], and whether any bid would have a good chance of succeeding. Bidding for a World Cup is not, however a decision for Government, but for the relevant football authorities.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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