The group that is leading the effort to make Washington one of the central venues in the 1994 World Cup will not bid for the championship game until more is known about the Washington Redskins' new stadium.

World Cup Washington, D.C., Region 1994 had hoped to submit a bid to stage seven matches during the 52-game soccer tournament, including the opening ceremonies and championship game. However, chairman John Koskinen said yesterday that until he hears more about Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke's plans to build a new facility, the group's initial bid will not include the final, which traditionally is held in the host country's capital city.

Washington is thought to be a strong contender for first-round, quarterfinal and semifinal games, but RFK Stadium's 55,000-seat capacity diminishes its chances for the championship.

"Knowing all along that RFK is a reach for the final game, we plan to bid through the semis and then wait and see what happens with the new stadium," Koskinen said.

Sources have said Cooke intends to build a stadium with a capacity of about 75,000. For now, the Rose Bowl and Coliseum in Southern California and Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium are considered the front-runners.

Koskinen said he has had informal talks with Cooke's organization, but "I don't know anything more {about the stadium} than anyone else."

Cooke said last month that he is "very much interested in hosting the World Cup" and that he has discussed the event with U.S. Soccer Federation President Alan Rothenberg.

Koskinen planned to announce his initial bid Friday, which is the earliest date for the 32 prospective cities to submit venue fees and bid documents. But he said delays in fund-raising and contract certification with the national organizing committee forced him to move the announcement date to Feb. 14.

Ross Berlin, World Cup USA 1994 vice president for venues, expects "five to ten cities" to submit a portion of their bids this week. Hawaii was the first yesterday.

Groups have until May 1 to submit a complete package, although fees filed after Friday will be charged 8 percent interest -- about an extra $20,000 for the D.C. applicants. Applications can be filed or amended until the deadline without further penalty, which means the Washington group probably will submit in February a bid for six games and then work until May 1 on hosting the championship game. Eight to 12 sites will be named no earlier than December 1991.