FIFA ‘s World Cup organising committee has approved the bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
It’s the first time that the FIFA Executive Committee has approved a bid for a World Cup, and the second time in as many years that the governing body has done so.
“This decision reflects our strong support for the 2022 FIFA World Cups and their potential for creating opportunities for a more inclusive and equitable global soccer community,” FIFA Executive Secretary Blatter said.
“FIFA is very pleased that the World Cup Committee is now open to considering the bid from the CFC.
We look forward to a fruitful dialogue with the CFF in the coming weeks and months, and we will be following closely this process.”
The bid, which will be led by the CFA, will be assessed in the months ahead, with a decision expected in early 2018.
The CFC has a list of 18 criteria for a bid, including a commitment to improve governance and transparency, and a commitment “to bring football to all corners of the world, including underprivileged communities.”
The bid will be submitted to FIFA by the end of the year.
FIFA has always been reluctant to endorse a bid from a private organisation, and has never previously supported a bid that has been rejected by an official body.