The 2010 World Cup only recently finished after being successfully staged in South Africa. We already know that the 2014 world Cup is headed to Brazil and that it is widely believed that the 2018 games will be awarded to a European country. However the 2022 World Cup bid race is still an open one and Japan is in the running to host the world’s most prestigious and most watch sporting tournament.
The name of the bid is “Dream 2022” and the tagline is “Our Dream: A world united through football.” Japan withdrew from the 2018 bidding race earlier this year to focus solely on winning the 2022 winning tournament. A summary of the bid book submitted to FIFA is available online or can be downloaded in PDF format. There is also a wealth of information on the official bid website and many videos on the bid committee Youtube channel, one of which I have embedded below.
The video above is a very interesting one is is packed with of futuristic tech and a focus on bringing the world together through football. It makes a great watch and I hope you will check it out as well as some of the other videos available on their channel. Vote in the poll below to provide feedback on whether or not you think Japan will win the bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
Do you think Japan will win the bid to host the 2022 World Cup?
- No (50%, 16 Votes)
- Yes (34%, 11 Votes)
- Not Sure (16%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 32
Japan will have to fight off competing bids from Australia, Russia, South Korea, England, United States, Portugal + Spain, Belgium + Netherlands and Qatar for the 2022 tournament. A FIFA delegation is currently making the rounds to the various bid countries and will make a decision on who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on December 2, 2010.
Read more and Information Sources
- Japan 2022 Bid Website
- Japan 2022 Bid Book Summary
- 208 Smiles Youtube Channel
- Japan Word Cup Bid on Wikipedia