In this summer’s world Cup in Russia could be the last one staged by a country for some time, as financial and political considerations play an ever greater role in the selection of hosts.
To share the cost of the event this year, soaring to £8.8 bn ($12bn) – football authorities and the bidding Nations are looking in a way, the enormous financial costs and the strengthening of political relations.
The answer is the shared hosting. In 2002, South Korea and Japan shared the world Cup is staged, so there is a precedent, during several European Championships have also been hosted together.
It means that the load can be distributed when it comes to the construction of new stadiums and infrastructure such as roads, Railways and airports, as well as the safety.
“There are not material benefits from the allocation of the hosting of major events, not to mention politically useful,” says Simon Chadwick, professor of sports business at Salford Business School.
“It is a helpful way of building a relationship with a number of partners for political purposes.
“There are benefits in terms of certain cost-efficiency. There are huge financial questions about hosting costs, if there are Championships to world Championships and Olympic Games.
“The” distributed events ” model may be the way, if you take into account the economic costs of the events.”
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There is already a joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid to host the 2026 case, and Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, in a bid for the 2030 event.
Meanwhile, there are indications that the 2022 world Cup, said in Qatar, perhaps other Eastern peoples be extended to the world governing body Fifa, it could expand to that tournament from 32 to 48 teams.
As already mentioned, the European governing body, Uefa, has long been a supporter of hosting the major tournament for international teams in more than one country.
At the start of the year 2000, when the event took place in the Netherlands and Belgium, it has been staged in Austria-Switzerland 2008 and Poland-Ukraine in 2012.
And the final of the Euro 2020 will be staged, of not less than 12 football Nations on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first tournament.
“The former Uefa President, Michel Platini, has been credited with the Euro-2020-model, but actually the brain behind the throne is Gianni Infantino was,” says Prof Chadwick.
Ex-Uefa General Secretary Mr. Infantino is now President of Fifa, has spoken of the expansion of the 2022 world Cup from 32 to 48 teams.
As Qatar is the amount of games could not host,, there is talk to bring the other Nations in the region.
“If you are playing in tournaments, the 2026 and 2030, Infantino over the presidency, or even more, world Championships, could adopt a similar kind of model to the Euro 2020,” says Prof Chadwick.
“He has an eye for the attempt to reconcile different partners about hosting. He’s smart, in this sense.”The safe option
For Fifa, the idea of a 2026 world Cup in the United States, Canada, Mexico, would be an economically and politically safe option after a few questions about Qatar 2022, adds Prof Chadwick.
The organizers of the auction claim that it would be a $11bn (£8.1 billion) profit for Fifa, and create a $14bn turnover.
US President, Donald Trump has been banging the drum for the offer, tweeting: “The US has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 world Cup.”
But it is not guaranteed shoo-in, and is up against rival bidders Morocco, for what will be a 48-team promised world Cup.
Meanwhile, in South America, Uruguay, Sport-Secretary of state, Fernando Caceres, the reasoning behind its proposed bid for 2030 has declared.
“We can’t say what the final cost of each of our countries, but it can’t be measured only in the construction of infrastructure.
“It is an incredible measure of how much a country deserves to live in together, integration, identity and the construction of citizenship by an event of this magnitude.”Spread hosting
David Davies, a former FA chief executive, and even a football consultant, whose expertise is frequently called, from the football associations and confederations around the world.
“I don’t think the idea of 48 teams in Qatar will happen,” he says. “The political will, I think, is not it.”
“But I agree that shared hosting is a well-established concept now. The basic point is that more and more countries can be involved and benefit from the holding of important events.
“This is one of the objectives of which is to spread to come into positions of influence in the game with these types of proposals, hosting to as many different Nations as you can.”
A joint North America-application for 2026, it would also be politically useful, both within the United States and of the regional football body, Concacaf, says Mr Davies.
“So, while economic considerations are part of the picture, there is always an over-riding policy.”Pooling of resources
Sean Hamil, lecturer at Birkbeck College sport Business Centre, says, there are only so many countries for events such as the euros or the world Cup itself.
“After the last Euro in France (in 2016) I don’t think that Uefa could be more countries to assume the cost.”
It has not been much in the research on sporting mega-event, “and the balance of the opinion, that the economic benefits stack up,” he says.
“In a world Cup, you must have a large number of international-standard stadiums and it is a huge financial burden. so a pooling of resources in respect of the stages is to help, the burden would appear to be logical.”