Selection of host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups
What: Selection of the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
When: 10 a.m. Thursday.
TV: ESPN, Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN Deportes, Univision.
Online: ESPN3.com, FIFA.com
Voting process: The committee will first vote on the 2018 host and then the 2022 event. To win hosting rights, a bidding country must receive an absolute majority (more than 50 percent - at least 12 of the 22 votes cast in a secret ballot). 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.
Odds to host the 2022 World Cup
Pros: World Cup in Middle East for first time; innovative design.
Cons: Oppressive summer heat; infrastructure not yet in place.
Pros: Experience hosting major international sporting events.
Cons: A problematic time zone for live TV in Europe.
Pros: Stadium infrastructure already in place.
Cons: Concerns about long distances between host cities.
Pros: Excellent transportation infrastructure.
Cons: Recently co-hosted in 2002; traffic reduction needed.
Pros: Stadium, transportation infrastructure already in place.
Cons: Recently co-hosted in 2002.
Source for odds: London-based bookmaking firm William Hill