FIFA set to run the rule on bidding nations.
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Fifa has announced the Bidding Nations for all of the junior World Cups between now and 2015. Mexico will host the Under 17 World Cup event this year, and South Americans Colombia the Under 20 edition.
All bidders have until February 11 to submit February 11 to submit their signed Hosting Agreements, together with their complete bid books to Fifa. The winning bids will be appointed by the Fifa Executive Committee and will be announced 2-3 March, 2011.
2013 Under 17 Fifa World Cup – Bidders: Ghana and United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Fifa are likely to give Ghana a shot a hosting a Fifa tournament after the successes of South Africa 2010. With the UAE likely to pick up the under 20 event, Ghana are the frontrunners to host the tournament. However if the UAE – home to the mega rich Manchester City owners – do not pick up the tournament, Ghana will probably find themselves out of luck.
2013 Under 20 Fifa World Cup – UAE, Turkey, Usbekistan
Uzbekistan and Turkey may be finding themselves watching this event from the comforts of their homes, with the UAE extremely strong favorites to host the spectacle. Fifa gave Qatar the 2022 World Cup and given that UAE capital Abu Dhabi is less than 30 minutes drive from the Qatar boarder, the home country of Arsenal sponsor Emirates will be confident of picking up the tournament have studied Qatar’s bid.
2015 Under 17 Fifa World Cup – Russia, Wales, Tunisia, Chile
Much depends on who hosts the Under 20 event in the same year. If Wales do not pick up the older age grade tournament in the same year, they will most likely pick up this one. However, Russia are very prominent and still a chance of upsetting the British nation if it comes down to the two facing off for the event, and will almost certainly host the Cup if Wales do pick up it’s big brother competition.
2015 Under 20 Fifa World Cup – New Zealand, Wales, Peru, Tunisia
Pretty much 50 – 50 between New Zealand and Wales. Both have strong things going for them, and New Zealand hosted a very successful Women’s under 17 World Cup in 2007. Fifa may also bring in to play the fact that the Kiwis are riding of a wave of football popularity after coming out of South Africa the only unbeaten team in the world’s greatest competition.
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