I think we are in with a good shot.
Personally I don't think we'll get 2018 (and I think the FFA probably know this too), but are a much better sh*t at getting 2022.
There will be some things that go against us:
1) Unfriendly timezone for TV
2) Weather - will be the middle of winter
3) Stadia - will need to be a big upgrade of our stadia.
Unless FIFA relax their rules regarding 2 stadiums in a city, only one city will be able to utilise two stadiums. As much as I would love it to be Melbourne, in all honesty it will probably be Sydney. Although if we upgrade the MRS to 50,000 then it plus the MCG may get the nod. But for the sake of the argument I'll say it will be Sydney.
So then we have to look at what stadia we have a available that will be sufficient for a World Cup.
1. Telstra Stadium
2. Sydney Football Stadium
4. Suncorp Stadium
Those are the only 4 stadiums that meet the FIFA requirements. IIRC you need a minimum of 8 stadiums to host a World Cup, so we'd need four more. They would be:
5. StadiumWA - if it will be multi-purpose then it will be in rectangular mode
6. Adelaide Rectangular Stadium - There would need to be a new 40,000 seat rectangular stadium built in Adelaide. AAMI Stadium, Adelaide Oval and Hindmarsh all fail to meet criteria.
7. Skilled Park - to be upgraded to 40,000 capacity for the World Cup
8. EnergyAustralia Stadium - already talk of an upgrade and of Con Constantine has his way the stadium will get to 40,000 capacity early in the new decade.
That is 8 stadiums, with only one new stadium being built specifically for the World Cup (Adelaide), while others would undergo upgrades (Skilled Park, EAS).
Also, if FIFA relax the rule regarding 2 stadiums then I'd like to see the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium upgraded to 50,000 capacity and be used.
At a stretch you may also be able to upgrade Canberra Stadium and Dairy Farmers, however I don't think is very likely.
Also, wouldn't be at all surprised of Telstra Stadium were to upgrade itself to 100,000 just for the World Cup. How they'd do it I'm not sure, but I wouldn't be surprised.
The breakdown of games would be as such:
Final: Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Third Place: StadiumWA, Perth
Semi Finals: MCG, Melbourne and Suncorp Stadium Brisbane
Quarter Finals: Telstra Stadium, MCG, Suncorp Stadium, Adelaide Rec. Stadium.
Rd of 16, Group Stages: All stadiums
As for the other infrastructure such as transport and accommodation, I think Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast probably have accommodation taken care of and, with a tweak or two, the transport too.
Newcastle, Adelaide and Perth would probably have to build a bit more accommodation and upgrade transport, although Perth's is receiving a boost at the moment.
There is no doubt we are up against it, but I don't think the picture is as bleak as some are painting. There isn't a need for a massive overhaul of our stadiums, our general infrastructure is pretty good and we have a good reputation for hosting massive world wide events.
I'm looking forward to following the planning of our bid.
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