FIFA’s World Cup bid process has been in a state of flux, with the 2018 tournament having been shelved and the 2022 tournament delayed for three years after being decided by the International Olympic Committee.
But that has not stopped the football governing body from taking a few swings at the bid process.
The governing body on Thursday announced it had opened up the bidding process to the public to try and secure the 2022 World Cup, despite Fifa’s previous stance on open bidding.
The World Cup was a massive financial success for FIFA, with over $8bn being spent on its construction, including the hosting of the 2018 event, which was the first major football tournament in history to be held in a new country.
But the decision to postpone the 2022 event was controversial, with some people arguing the tournament should not be delayed.
The 2022 World, which has been dubbed “The Year of the Ball”, has been marked with a range of controversies, including claims of racism, corruption and the alleged influence of Russia, who were the host nation for the tournament.FIFA has also faced criticism for failing to put a bid for the 2018 World Cup in place and for failing, when the 2018 bid was finally approved in August 2018, to address some of the more controversial issues raised by the 2019 World Cup.
However, in its bid submission, FIFA acknowledged that the 2018 and 2019 World Cups were not successful because of a lack of interest from international football federations.
But despite FIFA’s efforts to make its bid more transparent and inclusive, many critics argue the organisation failed to meet its own standards for openness.
They point to FIFA’s failure to publish the full financial information about its bid, which the International Association of Football Federations (IFA) has required for every bid process since 1998.
A spokesperson for FIFA told the BBC the organisation was currently in the process of publishing a full financial report for the 2022 bidding process.
“The information we are publishing on our website will give the public more information on the financial details of our bid,” the spokesperson said.
“We are currently in consultation with all of the relevant stakeholders on the 2018/2019 bidding process.”FIFA’s bid submission was also criticised for being vague on the details of the infrastructure needed for the hosting and logistics of the 2022 match.
The submission also failed to specify a specific date, with Fifa saying it was aiming to hold a media conference in late February 2019.
Fifa said it was open to other bids, including bids from the English Football Association (EFA), the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the European Rugby Football Union (ERCU) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
“We would like to reiterate our commitment to working with all relevant stakeholders to reach an inclusive and fair bid process,” the organisation said in a statement.
The 2018 World, held in Russia, was awarded to the US, which became the host country in 2020. “
If a bid does not meet our standards for transparency and fairness, then it will not be awarded.”
The 2018 World, held in Russia, was awarded to the US, which became the host country in 2020.
The 2022 World was held in Qatar, with China taking over from Saudi Arabia.