World Cup 2018 bids: England’s proposal at a glance

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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In just a few hours England will learn their World Cup 2018 fate as Fifa's Executive Committee cast their votes to decide who will host the tournament

england 2018

In just a few hours England will learn their World Cup 2018 fate as Fifa’s Executive Committee cast their votes to decide who will host the tournament.

The England 2018 bid at a glance

As part of their dossier, each bidding nation is asked by Fifa to explain how they intend “use football as a tool for social and human development”. England’s answer? ‘Football United’, a multi-million global fund for football” to create “significant new funds for investment in football development”.

Much of England’s bid is centred around the country’s existing network of football stadiums and it reminds the Fifa ExCo that it has “seven existing proposed stadiums which require no major construction work” with another six set to “have their capabilities enhanced”.

Should England 2018 win, another of its promises is to work with the David Beckham Academy to build and develop a “bespoke football and life skills project every year in each Confederation between 2012 and 2017”.

Meanwhile, Fifa’s headquarters will be based by Park Lane in London, an area the bid dossier describes as “accessible, distinctive and scenic”. The bid also says Universities across the country will “provide 300,000 good-quality rooms at university campuses” for visitors to the tournament.

And the Fifa delegation will be given free healthcare via the NHS for the duration of the World Cup in a country that will be “prepared for any emergency” and that has “specialist expertise in sports and exercise medicine”.

The bid also emphasises the quality of the country’s transport system with every proposed host city placed adjacent to an international airport and “no match more than three hours from London by public transport”. The furthest distance between two candidate host cities is the 693km between Plymouth and NewcastleGateshead.

Stadiums:
Wembley, London
Emirates Stadium, London
Old Trafford, Manchester
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
The Olympic Stadium, London
New White Hart Lane, London
Anfield/New Anfield, Liverpool
St James’ Park, NewcastleGateshead
Elland Road, Leeds
Home Park, Plymouth
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
stadium:MK, Milton Keynes
Villa Park, Birmingham
Ashton Vale, Bristol
Hillsborough, Sheffield
Nottingham Stadium, Nottingham

The final announcement for the host nations of both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is expected to take place at 1500GMT.

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