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Posted at 6:27 PM ET, 11/19/2010

How the FIFA World Cup vote will work

By Steve Goff

We're less than two weeks away from FIFA's decision about the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. How will it work?

The executive committee will gather at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, listen to final presentations from each of the bidding groups and then vote on Thu., Dec. 2. The voting will be done behind closed doors and through secret ballot. With two members suspended, 22 votes will be cast. In case of a tie, FIFA President Sepp Blatter determines the winner.

The committee will first vote on the 2018 host (England, Russia, Spain/Portugal, Netherlands/Belgium) and then the 2022 event (USA, Australia, Qatar, Japan, South Korea). To win hosting rights, a bidding country must receive an absolute majority (more than 50 percent -- at least 12 votes). With each failure to achieve an absolute majority, the bid with the fewest votes will drop out of contention. In case of a tie for last place, an intermediate round involving the bottom bids will be conducted.

When the outcomes are reached, the results will be placed in envelopes and delivered by a notary to Blatter for the formal announcement.

According to USA bid organizers, live TV coverage in the United States will be available on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Fox Soccer Channel and Univision starting at 10 a.m. ET. (I assume the announcement will also appear online at

We'll conduct a 2022 poll in the near future. For now.....

By Steve Goff  | November 19, 2010; 6:27 PM ET
Categories:  FIFA, USA World Cup bid  | Tags:  World Cup  
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England's angst over their national team is a wonder to behold. It makes our BB whiners pathetic by comparison--their schizophrenic to their footballing heroes' and raw disdain of their manager is just tremendous. For them to host the world cup, to read their whinging and moaning, would be nothing less than spectacular. Thank goodness soccer is a second- (third- ?) tier sport here.

Posted by: glfrazier | November 19, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

"When the outcomes are reached, the results will be placed in envelopes and delivered by a notary to Blatter for the formal announcement."

Anything placed in an envelope and delivered to any FIFA official is immediately suspect. I half expect Sepp to tell his wife to wear an extra-large bra.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 19, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

If merit had anything to do with the selection (ahem) then:

England - last WC in 1966
Netherlands/Belgium - too small and the Flemish Walloon mess doesn't help.
Spain/Portugal - Spain had 1982
Russia - too corrupt, can't have dead WC journalists

Posted by: griffin1108 | November 19, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Frazier. Lots of big words in your psychoanalysis. Not sure what's gotten into you but I'll blame it on Bob Bradley.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 20, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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