FIFA Tuesday unveiled its guide to the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first such event that will include 48 teams.
In a joint bid, Mexico, Canada and the United States vying to host the competition.
The 35-page document included information on the bidding process, the slot allocation, requirements for hosting, the timeline for the selection of hosts, detailed explanation of government support and guarantees, sustainability and human rights and many documents pertaining to the process.
“The process to select the host – or hosts – of the first 48-team FIFA World Cup must not be open to even one iota of doubt,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in the document. “It is FIFA’s responsibility towards the world of football to conduct these bidding and selection procedures in an ethical, transparent, objective and unbiased way.”
Infantino said FIFA will create a 2016 Bid Evaluation Task Force formed by experts within the organization’s administrator and committees.
“Their appraisal of the candidacies will be guided by clear and objective criteria – with a score attributed to each specific component of the bid,” he said.
Among the highlights:
The guidelines stated that “an enhanced” evaluation process will take in the following:
* Infrastructure (70 percent of the overall score)
* Commercial elements (30 percent of the overall score)
The infrastructure stadiums (35 percent), facilities for teams and referees (six percent), accommodation (six percent), transportation (13 percent), proposed International Broadcast Center location (seven) and proposed FIFA Fan Fest locations (three percent).
The commercial elements include estimated revenue from the sale of media and marketing rights (10 percent), estimated revenue from the sale of tickets and hospitality packages (10 percent) and predicted organizing costs (10 percent).
FIFA said that a representative of an appointed independent audit company will act as an observer of the evaluation process.
Requirements for hosting
The stadium for the opening and final matches must have a minimum capacity of 80,000.
The rest of the rounds:
* Remaining group-stage matches — 40,000
* Round of 32 — 40,000
* Quarterfinals — 40,000
* Semifinals — 60,000
* Third-place match — 40,000
* Nov. 30 — Deadline of the submission of the completed bidding agreement to FIFA
* March 16, 2018 — Submission of bids to FIFA
* June 2018 — Shortlisting of bids by the FIFA Council, which would be voted on by the FIFA Congress
* June 13, 2018 — The 68th FIFA Congress will whether to select one of the candidates
If the FIFA Congress did not award a bid, it had a back-up plan. It would begin a new procedure by inviting further member associations, including those of the Asian Football Confederation and UEFA — and excluding those that had submitted a bid under the previous process — to submit a bid to host the World Cup.
“Technically, there is also a possibility that the second phase would start even earlier,” the document said. “This would happen in the event that all of the candidates abandon their bids during the first phase of the process. In this scenario, only the member associations that have submitted a bid would be considered ineligible for the second phase. In either scenario, the second phase of the bidding procedure is expected to culminate with a final decision by the 70th FIFA Congress in 2020.”
Slot allocation for confederations
* UEFA would get 16 teams, up from 13
* Africa would receive nine berths, up from five
* South America would get nine teams, up from four
* Asia would receive eight spots, up from four
* CONCACAF would receive six sides, up from three
* And Oceania would receive one berth, up from none
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