(WFI) World Football Insider is on the scene at FIFA headquarters in Zurich as the nine bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups gather to present their bid books to President Sepp Blatter on Friday.
FIFA has allocated 15 minutes for each handover ceremony. The presentation of bid documents takes place from 09.00 CET in the following order: Australia, England, Holland-Belgium, Japan, South Korea, Qatar, Russia, Spain-Portugal, USA.
The bid teams will hold media briefings after their presentations.
WFI's European correspondent James Corbett and Zurich reporter Marta Falconi will report from Zurich on the handover ceremonies and get reaction from the bid teams on their meetings with Blatter.
"The presentation of bid dossiers is an important milestone in the race to stage the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, which concludes with the FIFA decision on the host cities on December 2," said WFI editor Mark Bisson.
"The bid teams have been working hard for months to satisfy all FIFA requirements, including governmental guarantees, budgets and venue plans, to show they are capable of staging a spectacular World Cup. Now they have a great chance to impress Blatter and colleagues before the bid books are scrutinized and site visits begin."
FIFA and its 24-man executive committee will study the World Cup bid books and conduct visits to each of the countries over the summer ahead of the Dec. 2 vote.
In last week's WFI's poll, only 46 percent of our global readership said FIFA should award the 2018 World Cup to a European bid.
WFI’s newest poll asks: "Which World Cup bid deserves to win the 2022 tournament?"
With Europe widely expected to get 2018, Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea and the USA would do battle for the 2022 World Cup.
Have your say on the World Cup bidding contest by voting on the WFI website.
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