Australia eyes off 2018 Cup bid
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Updated 5 hours 16 minutes ago
The Socceroos could be looking to strut their stuff on home soil in 2018 (File Photo). (AFP: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)
Football Federation Australia (FFA) says Australia is very serious about bidding for the 2018 football World Cup.
FIFA's executive committee has voted unanimously to end its policy of rotating the hosting of World Cups through its six continental confederations, allowing a host of nations to bid for the tournament.
FFA chief executive Ben Buckley says Australia's previous success in hosting major events will be a positive for the bid.
"The first thing is that you've got to be in it," he said.
"I don't know if you necessarily have to be in it, lose it once or twice, to be successful.
"You've got to be in the race and if you're in the race and you've got a great bid and the right sort of infrastructure to support it, there's no reason why you can't win it."
But Australia looks set for stiff competition with England also believed to be interested in hosting the 2018 tournament.
Under the current rotation system the World Cup went to Africa for 2010 (South Africa won the contest) and South America for 2014 (Brazil is set to be announced as the host).
If the rotation continued the bid would go to a country from north and central America or the Caribbean in 2018.
However FIFA president Sepp Blatter was concerned that only Brazil bid for 2014 and said last week that he favoured a change.
Mr Blatter said: "My thoughts are that we shall open the market and make the World Cup available for everybody apart from the last confederation which has just organised it, which means South America cannot bid for 2018."
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has already made clear he would like to see a bid take place and has appointed former sports minister Richard Caborn as his World Cup ambassador.
Russia, China and Mexico are believed to be other nations which might consider a 2018 bid.