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FIFA sets date for 2026 World Cup hosting bid rules

FIFA sets date to agree on World Cup hosting bid rules, could block Europe from 2026 contest

FIFA sets date for 2026 World Cup hosting bid rules

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA says its executive committee will approve rules to oversee the 2026 World Cup hosting bids at a two-day meeting starting Monday.

The panel could block European bids in a contest likely to include the United States, Canada and Mexico.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said last week "it should be" that a continental confederation cannot bid for the next two World Cups after hosting. Russia will stage the 2018 tournament.

FIFA will choose the 2026 host in a May 2017 vote of all member federations.

That reform was passed after the executive committee's controversial choice of Russia and 2022 host Qatar. The nine-candidate bidding contests were marred by allegations of wrongdoing.

In March, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke promised greater scrutiny of candidates in the new bidding rules.

Updated : 2021-09-23 10:45 GMT+08:00