TheOtherRob Posted May 9, 2014 Report Share Posted May 9, 2014 Soccer was not created by the English, they simply made some rules for it. Maybe you should win a few tournaments first before talking about hosting. Football was codified by England and exported in its club and international format by our nation. Sure, other countries had sports where a ball was kicked, but football is the worldwide sport it is today largely because of the UK's influence. Not that this alone gives us any more right to host than anyone else, as the failed 2006 World Cup bid shows. As for the idea you have to win loads of tournaments to host.....like South Africa, or Korea? Don't talk nonsense. Of course the 2018 defeat is no reason to award England the Women's tournament as Tony suggests, but in truth, everyone involved in the 2018/22 process was cheated. It was a farce from start to finish and showed FIFA in an incredibly bad light, something they're still trying to recover from. I think as a result of this process it'll be many years before a British government supports an English bid for the big prize again. A bid for the women's tournament however carries less risk and promises to build on the strides the women's game has made recently. A winning bid is certainly acheivable. I'm glad we've thrown our hat in. Yeah, obviously the final was packed. But the preliminary rounds barely had 10,000 people and those attendence numbers were definitely inflated a bit. A record attendence for the tournament, a record attendence for a single match in Olympic Women's football set at Wembley, average crowds of 26k in a country where women's football is very much an amatuer sport for the most part with little media coverage. It was successful when compared to previous Olympic tournaments and a huge boost for women's football in the UK. Of course it wasn't comparable with a World Cup or Premier League matches but on its own terms it was a success and FIFA agreed. The launch of the WSL last year and now the World Cup bid seek to build on that. That was my point in my earlier post. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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