Russia, Qatar win World Cup bids

United States effort to host 2022 event falls short

The United States will not host the 2022 World Cup.

FIFA announced on Thursday afternoon in Zurich that the quadrennial world championship would be held in Qatar.

This is the first time that a Middle Eastern nation will host the World Cup, and only the second time the tournament will be held in a nation from the Asian confederation. (Japan and Korea co-hosted in 2002.)

The US Bid, whose committee included such luminaries as President Bill Clinton, director Spike Lee, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber, among others, was founded on the financial opportunities of the US market and the increasing popularity of soccer in the country. More than 1.2 million fans signed the US Bid’s online petition.

There is no immediate word about the prospects of a US bid for the 2026 World Cup or beyond.

Word of Qatar’s victory actually emerged before the Executive Committee vote was made public. The head of the Qatar bid reportedly told Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based news network, that Qatar were the winners.

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