Results of Voting Show USA Bid was Strong


The results of the voting for the 2022 World Cup have been released.

The USA bid garnered just three votes in the first round, equal with the Japanese. They were already way behind the Qatar vote which took half the electorate, eleven, and was just one short of winning in the very first round.

Australia took just one vote affected by the absence of any voter from Oceania after their delegate was banned for corruption.

With Australia eliminated, Round 2 saw Japan and Qatar lose one of their original votes with the USA picking up two to come to five equal with the Koreans. Japan was therefore eliminated.

Neither of their votes though went to South Korea in Round three, and surprisingly the US picked up one to see Korea eliminated.

That left the USA and Qatar in the final round and the Qataris won that vote 14-8

Round 1: Australia 1 vote, Japan 3 votes, US 3 votes, South Korea 4 votes and Qatar 11 votes.

Round 2: Japan 2 votes, South Korea 5 votes, US 5 votes and Qatar 10 votes.

Round 3 South Korea 5 votes, US 6 votes and Qatar 11 votes.

Round 4 US 8 votes and Qatar 14 votes (Qatar obtain absolute majority)

In the 2018 vote, Russian won on the second round after England’s early elimination.

Round 1: England 2 votes, Netherlands/Belgium 4 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 9 votes.

Round 2: Netherlands/Belgium 2 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 13 votes (Russia obtain absolute majority)

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  1. I don’t understand why the pull to Qatar was so strong. why? Let’s get past any collusion on the part from FIFA to look for an answer.

  2. I honestly think FIFA likes symbolism and expanding to new markets, like they did with SA10 and US94. It’s the whole “first WC in the Arab world”. Plus Qatar promised to spend billions hosting the event (though you really got to wonder how much they could possible make off it). How they’re going to pull it off, a country of only 1.6 million, barely 50km x 100 km in size (I just looked it up), and only 6 of 12 stadiums built, remains to be seen. Be glad they have 12 years to prepare.

  3. I don’t care. Anyone else would have been acceptable.

    Greater Seattle has 3 times the population an International Airport and more stadiums than Quatar.

    Also it is not 40-50C during the WC.

    Seattle2026! If Qatar can be a host nation why can’t we?

  4. Sounds good we should reduce the geographic size of a US bid to one region the Pacific Northwest. We can build 12 large stadiums with seating capacity of 75k each in Bellevue, Bellingham, Everett, Tacoma, Olympia, Renton, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, Spokane, Yakima, Mt. Vernon, and Seattle. If needed Portland and Vancouver, BC could be also used as potential host cities.
    The Qatar bid was strong based on OIL dollars. Oil that is being sold to the US and the dollars used to build the stadiums.

  5. Here is a question; If there are 203 nations in FIFA, why do only 22 get a vote on where the tournament is held. Shouldn’t all 203 have a vote in where the World Cup is held. Maybe every 4 years a vote should be held at the world cup by all 203 nations for the where the tournament should be held, with a 12 year lead time. Brazil 2014 should vote for 2026!!!!

  6. HT,

    My suggestion is that all 203 are potential voters and then, on the eve of the vote, the names of 25 are drawn out of a hat at random. No-one knows who will actually get to vote until the day before. It would make bribery much more difficult.

  7. The following countries will be blocked from hosting the World Cup in 2026 and all have world rankings higher than Qatar!!!
    Korea Republic
    Saudi Arabia
    China PR
    United Arab Emirates
    Korea DPR

  8. They’ll only be “blocked” under current rules. If, say, China wants it in 2026 (which they will), the rules can easily be changed.

  9. Not sure that vote tally is an indication of strength. We came in tied for third in the first round and ended up beaten almost 2:1.

  10. Dear India,

    I’m going to need several hundred thousands workers. Can you send them our way?


  11. The voting results highlight the weakness of our support, not its strength. We did not get one vote in the first round from any delegate from Europe, South America, Africa, or Asia. We never stood a chance.

  12. The 5 finalist countries in the decided hosting region remaining after the 203 votes are tabulated should be picked based on the merits of their bid. Voting should be given a 1-10 by the 22-25 voters per categories including: Safety, Financial, Weather, Feasibility, Infrastructure etc. Throw out the top and bottom. Add up the points and you’ve found your host. Corruption will always sneak in when a multi-billion dollar opportunity is on the line so all voting would need to be in the open.

    I didn’t believe the US would win 2022 since it’s just not our turn. I actually thought it would be going to Australia. It wasn’t Japan’s turn yet either. I didn’t think Qatar was a serious bidder with the absolute spectacle they were planning on creating. Shows what I know.