2010 FIFA World Cup



The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the 19th FIFA World Cup, an international tournament for football, that is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa. It will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by a nation in the Confederation of African Football, leaving OFC as the only FIFA Confederation never to have hosted the event.

Africa was chosen as the host for the 2010 World Cup as part of a new policy to rotate the event between football confederations. Five African nations placed bids to host the 2010 World Cup:

* Flag of Egypt Egypt
* Flag of Libya Libya (to co-host with Tunisia)
* Flag of Morocco Morocco
* Flag of South Africa South Africa
* Flag of Tunisia Tunisia (to co-host with Libya)

Following the decision of the FIFA Executive Committee not to allow co-hosted tournaments, Tunisia withdrew from the bidding process. The committee also decided not to consider Libya's solo bid as it no longer met all the stipulations laid down in the official List of Requirements.

After one round of voting, the winning bid was announced by FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a media conference on May 15, 2004 in Zurich. South Africa was awarded the rights to host the tournament, defeating Morocco and Egypt.

Results:

1. Flag of South Africa South Africa, 14 votes
2. Flag of Morocco Morocco, 10 votes
3. Flag of Egypt Egypt, 0 votes
4. Flag of Tunisia Tunisia withdrew on May 8, 2004 after joint bidding was not allowed
5. Flag of Libya Libya was not considered: bid did not meet the list of requirements

All Confederations have yet to start the qualification process for the 2010 World Cup. As the host nation, South Africa qualifies automatically. The preliminary draw for the 2010 World Cup will be held in Durban, South Africa on November 25, 2007.

Qualified Teams

* Flag of South Africa South Africa

(53 teams competing for 13 berths)

The European qualification games will start in September 2008 after EURO 2008. UEFA announced on June 23, 2007 that there will be nine qualifying groups in total; eight groups of 6 teams with the last group containing 5. The nine group winners qualify directly for the World Cup while eight best second teams of the nine will compete in a two legged playoff for the final four spots. Note that World Champions Italy will compete in the qualifiers just like Brazil did for the 2006 World Cup. The draw and match dates for the qualifiers will be made on November 25, 2007 in Durban.

(10 teams competing for 4 or 5 berths, playoff against North and Central America and the Caribbean to determine exact number)

The CONMEBOL qualification process will again feature a league system (home and away matches) for a single group of 10 associations. The start date is October 2007.

(35 teams competing for 3 or 4 berths, with playoff against South America to determine exact number)

The CONCACAF qualification process is not yet known.

(43 teams competing for 4 or 5 berths, playoff against Oceania to determine exact number)

A two-leg preliminary round will take place in October 2007 to narrow the field to 32 teams, and then groups will be drawn in Durban in November 2007.

(53 teams competing for 5 berths)

The CAF qualification process will begin with a two-leg preliminary round in October 2007 to narrow the field to 48 teams, and then groups will be drawn in Durban in November 2007.

South Africa as hosts, qualify automatically. In total therefore, CAF will have 6 berths.

(11 teams competing for 0 or 1 berth, playoff with Asia to determine exact number)

The qualification process will begin with a tournament at the 2007 Pacific Games in August. The top three will play with New Zealand in two-legged ties to determine who advances to the playoffs.

In 2005, the organizers released a provisional list of thirteen venues to be used for the World Cup: Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg (two), Kimberley, Nelspruit, Orkney, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria (two), and Rustenburg. This was narrowed down to ten venues which were officially announced on 17 March 2006 by FIFA.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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