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Selection of host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

Tuesday, November 30, 2010; 11:29 PM

The vote

What: Selection of the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Where: Zurich.

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

Qatar

1-2

Pros: World Cup in Middle East for first time; innovative design.

Cons: Oppressive summer heat; infrastructure not yet in place.

Australia

5-2

Pros: Experience hosting major international sporting events.

Cons: A problematic time zone for live TV in Europe.

United States

9-2

Pros: Stadium infrastructure already in place.

Cons: Concerns about long distances between host cities.

Japan

33-1

Pros: Excellent transportation infrastructure.

Cons: Recently co-hosted in 2002; traffic reduction needed.

South Korea

40-1

Pros: Stadium, transportation infrastructure already in place.

Cons: Recently co-hosted in 2002.

Source for odds: London-based bookmaking firm William Hill

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