USA Bid Committee Submits Official Bid Book to Host 2018 or 2022 FIFA World CupTM in United States

Video footage of handover ceremony available at 1 p.m. ET;

Podcast of conference call with Sunil Gulati, David Downs to be on goUSAbid.com

NEW YORK--()--A delegation from the USA Bid Committee submitted the official United States Bid Book to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in a formal ceremony at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, today.

Representing the 90 million soccer fans in the United States, the delegation from the USA Bid Committee included U.S. Soccer President and USA Bid Committee Chairman Sunil Gulati, USA Bid Committee Executive Director David Downs, USA Bid Committee Managing Director John Kristick and U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra. The delegation presented the bid book to FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke.

The United States and eight competing bids each had 15 minutes to present their bid book and engage in a question and answer session with assembled media following the ceremony. The submission of the official bid books begins a seven-month review process that will include site visits by FIFA Executive Committee members to each bidding nation and culminate with the selection of the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups on December 2, 2010, in Zurich.

“Submitting the U.S. Bid Book to FIFA is a major milestone in this process and the result of months of planning and hard work,” said Sunil Gulati, Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. “But it also marks the beginning of the most critical portion of this bid in which we must make a compelling case to the 24-member FIFA Executive Committee that the United States is the right country to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022. The support our effort has received from the people and civic leaders of this country has been tremendous and strengthens our faith in our ability to bring the World Cup back to the United States.”

In addition to the United States, Australia, England and Russia formally declared their desire to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022 by presenting their bid books to FIFA today as well. Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain each submitted joint bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, while Japan, Qatar and South Korea are only bidding to host the tournament in 2022. Indonesia withdrew its bid in March 2010, while Mexico withdrew its bid in September 2009. Following the Mexico announcement, CONCACAF issued a public endorsement for the United States bid in November that pledged the full support of soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Last week the Mexican Soccer Federation made its public declaration of support for the U.S. bid when association President Justino Compeán, speaking from the Mexico-Ecuador friendly at the sold-out new Meadowlands Stadium on May 7, said “the USA has the infrastructure, and the will to organize the World Cup."

The handover ceremonies were not televised live, but video footage of the official handover ceremony of the U.S. Bid Book will be available on an FTP site at 1 p.m. ET. The handover of the U.S. Bid Book took place at 10:15 a.m. ET. The video package, including footage and interviews, was being commissioned by the USA Bid Committee and offered to media outlets free of charge. The FTP site information is as follows:

Video Availability:

  May 14, 2010, starting at 1 p.m. ET

Formats:

NTSC and PAL

FTP-Server:

www.tpctrans.ch

Username:

gousa2018

Password:

gousa2022

Folder:

usa_bid_handover_fifa
 

Please, take note that the Username is “gousa2018” while the password is “gousa2022”.

A podcast of a news conference call today between the USA delegation and reporters will be available this afternoon on www.goUSAbid.com. A transcription of the news conference will be available at ussoccer.com.

The USA Bid Committee also released a new video at goUSABid.com to rally support for bringing the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ back to the US. The link to the video, which shows the widespread passion for soccer amongst Americans, can be found here: http://www.gousabid.com/pages/video-signup.

“For the first time in our nation’s history we will be competing for two World Cups in 2010, one on the field in South Africa one month from now and one off the field in the intense competition to host the event in 2018 or 2022,” said David Downs, USA Bid Committee Executive Director. “Hosting the FIFA World Cup in 1994, still the most-attended World Cup in history, introduced international soccer to mainstream America. The bid book submission ceremony, in all of its pageantry, will be an important step towards our mission of taking American soccer to the next level.”

The U.S. Bid Book includes 18 host city finalists (alphabetically): Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C. The list of host cities includes 21 stadiums in compliance with FIFA’s requirements to be included in the bid book to FIFA. With the new Meadowlands Stadium now open, all 21 of the stadiums included in the United States bid currently exist and 18 have been built or renovated within the last 20 years. The venues average capacities of more than 76,000 spectators while 12 of the stadiums feature capacities between 75,000 and 94,000 fans.

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6291832&lang=en

Contacts

U.S. Soccer
Neil Buethe, 312-528-1270
nbuethe@ussoccer.org
or
USA Bid Committee
Jurgen Mainka, 212-450-1403
jmainka@usabidcommittee.org
or
Fleishman-Hillard
Jim Woodcock, 314-982-7778
jim.woodcock@fleishman.com

U.S. Men's National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra (bid book) and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati (left) deliver the official USA Bid Book to FIFA President Joseph Blatter (right) in a ceremony that took place at the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich on May 14, 2010. The USA Bid Committee's Executive Director David Downs watches from the background. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Contacts

U.S. Soccer
Neil Buethe, 312-528-1270
nbuethe@ussoccer.org
or
USA Bid Committee
Jurgen Mainka, 212-450-1403
jmainka@usabidcommittee.org
or
Fleishman-Hillard
Jim Woodcock, 314-982-7778
jim.woodcock@fleishman.com