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    Could Australia host the 2018 football World Cup?

    One of the very rare things I agree with Sepp Blatter's idea's is a rotation policy in giving the regions the right to host a World Cup.

    2010 will either go to Morroco or South Africa, 2014 in all fairness should go to South America, so should the 2018 WC go to Australia since this region has hosted one? In all fairness yes since Europe has had their fair share of tournaments hosted. If not in 2018, it should be in 2022.

    I'm not to sure on stadia requirements, but Australia has the SCG, the 'Gabba and the MCG as main stadiums to host matches have have capaticaty of 40,000+.

    Stadiums have available to use:

    Telstra Stadium (ex Stadium Australia and where the final would be held)
    Aussie Stadium
    SCG
    MCG
    Telstra Dome (perfect with the roof over the top and the seats moved in)
    Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane)
    The 'Gabba
    Football Stadium (Adelaide)
    Subiaco (Perth)
    Dairy Farmers Stadium (Townsville - but needs to the grassy hills to be turned into all-seaters)
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    Although a good idea in theory, Blatter won't be around that long and the money on offer from European Tournaments will mean there's more there than anywere else IMO.
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    In terms of money South America certainly deserves to host 2014 simply because football is no.1 over there.

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    But that is not where the money is - the money is in the TV rights (Europe) and they'll want it to be held where it's shown at reasonable times more often.


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    If not 2018 then 2022 for sure.
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    I seriously doubt we'll ever get 2018, but wouldn't at all be surprised if we got 2022. Just need to sort out some new stadiums (which isn't going to be all that easy at the moment).

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    Better off focusing on 2022 imo. Can't see FIFA keeping the WC out of Europe for 3 straight tournaments.
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    Indeed, though there are quite a number of stadiums that would be suitable right now:

    Australia Stadium
    SFS
    SCG (if need be)
    MCG
    Etihad
    Bluetongue (thats the one on Central coast right?)
    Dairy Farmers
    Suncorp
    Carrara (or whatever the Titans stadium is called)
    Ballymore (so long as the redevelopment is approved - **** you Kevin Rudd)
    Subiaco
    The stadium the force will be moving too in the future (being built right meow i think)
    Canberra Stadium

    Perhaps upgrades are needed but not sure about a whole new stadiums from scratch.

    2022 the more likely prospect as well.

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    Alot of those stadiums do not meet requirements/are too many in the one city.
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    Fairly certain a number of them would need to be upgraded to meet FIFA standards. If Anfield needs upgrading for it to meet the requirments for Englands bid, I can't see all of the above getting away without some sort of upgrades. Fairly certain Adelaide wouldn't be missing out on the action either.

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    There are already plans to build a new rectangle 40k seat stadium right next to Canberra stadium if we get the World Cup in either of those years. The plan is to reduce the capacity of canberra stadium and turn it into an oval so cricket and afl can be played there. AFAIK there would be a big hotel and shopping hub built out there at Bruce too, but the plans all depend on Australia getting the WC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes View Post
    Alot of those stadiums do not meet requirements/are too many in the one city.
    Yeah at the moment you are only allowed 1 city with 2 stadiums, can imagine this could be waived to allow 2 in Sydney and 2 in Melbourne though, but not 3. Think there is a rule where you can only have one non rectangular stadium, which would hit the Aussie bid hard. All the stadiums have to be 40000+.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave View Post
    Yeah at the moment you are only allowed 1 city with 2 stadiums, can imagine this could be waived to allow 2 in Sydney and 2 in Melbourne though, but not 3. Think there is a rule where you can only have one non rectangular stadium, which would hit the Aussie bid hard. All the stadiums have to be 40000+.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave View Post
    Yeah at the moment you are only allowed 1 city with 2 stadiums, can imagine this could be waived to allow 2 in Sydney and 2 in Melbourne though, but not 3. Think there is a rule where you can only have one non rectangular stadium, which would hit the Aussie bid hard. All the stadiums have to be 40000+.
    Unless the rules have changed, in France '98, the stadia in Nantes, Toulouse, Saint-Étienne, Bordeaux, and Montpellier, all were under 40,000 capacity. Only Nantes had the highest with 38,500.

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    How many stadiums are required all up?

    I'd say Suncorp is one of the few stadiums in Australia that wouldn't require some sort of upgrade to make it suitable, which (apart from the time-zone differences) is probably the biggest flaw in our bid to host it.

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