03 .FIFA World Cup - Bids 05 (Australia 2022 FIFA World Cup bid)

03 .FIFA World Cup - Bids 05 (Australia 2022 FIFA World Cup bid)


Australia 2022 FIFA World Cup bid

Australia's 2022 World Cup bid logo
Australia submitted an unsuccessful bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. On 2 December 2010 FIFA announced that the event would be held in Qatar. Australia also lodged a bid for the 2018 World Cup, but withdrew the bid on 10 June 2010. The 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be the 21st and 22nd editions of the FIFA World Cup. The bidding procedure to host both the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup began in January 2009, and national associations had until 2 February 2009 to register their interest. The bid was presented by Frank Lowy, Ben Buckley, Quentin Bryce and Elle Macpherson. However, due to controversies of Qatar hosting, Australia's bid is possible if FIFA decides to strip Qatar's 2022 hosting rights.


Date Notes
15 January 2009 Applications formally invited
2 February 2009 Closing date for registering intention to bid
16 March 2009 Deadline to submit completed bid registration forms
14 May 2010 Deadline for submission of full details of bid
26–29 July 2010 Inspection committee visits Australia
2 December 2010 FIFA to appoint hosts for 2018 and 2022 World Cups

Football Federation Australia first confirmed in November 2007 that Australia would bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After FIFA in December 2008 announced they would be accepting bids for both the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, Australia, in February 2009, registered their intention to bid with FIFA for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The bid was officially launched on 14 June 2009 at Parliament House in Canberra.


2022 FIFA World Cup host vote results
Country Vote
1 2 3 4
 Qatar 11 10 11 14
 United States 3 5 6 8
 South Korea 4 5 5 0
 Japan 3 2 0 0
 Australia 1 0 0 0
Total Votes 22 22 22 22

Potential venues

Submitted bid venues

Australia 2022 FIFA World Cup bid is located in Australia
Gold Coast
Gold Coast

The following are the 12 venues that were submitted to FIFA on 14 May 2010 as part of the FFA's bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup:

(Official bid name)
Image Host city State Current capacity Notes and redevelopment plans Construction
Melbourne Cricket Ground CG-MelbCricketGround-Pano.jpg Melbourne Victoria (Australia) Victoria 100,024 Due the quality of the stadium, and the stadium's capacity, it is already in FIFA standards, and was proposed to host the opening match for the tournament, in addition to group stage, round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and the final. Existing stadium
Stadium Australia Telstra Stadium at Night.jpg Sydney New South Wales New South Wales 84,000 Having been the centrepiece of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, as well as the final match of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, this existing stadium is already in FIFA standards form to host tournament matches. Australia's bid proposes the stadium host the final match, as well as group stage, round of 16, quarterfinal, and semifinal matches. Existing stadium
Perth Stadium   Perth Western Australia Western Australia 60,000 The new stadium built on the Burswood Peninsula is a stadium to replace Subiaco Oval and the WACA. The stadium can be upgraded to 70,000 seats. It is due to finish in early 2018. New stadium
Adelaide Oval Adelaide Oval 13.png Adelaide South Australia South Australia 53,583 Upgrades completed in 2010 replaced the western stand. For the tournament, the stadium will have a 48,000-seat capacity to house group stage, round of 16, and quarterfinal (or third place) matches. Further development of eastern and southern stands completed in 2014 regardless of bid failure. Overall capacity following re-development is 53,583 with 50,083 seats and standing room for a further 3,500. Existing stadium
Lang Park Suncorpstadium071006.JPG Brisbane Queensland Queensland 52,500 Regarded as the best rectangular sports stadium in Australia, the Brisbane Stadium is already acceptable by FIFA standards for the tournament. Proposed group stages, round of 16, and quarterfinal/third place matches will find a home here. Existing stadium
Sydney Football Stadium Sfc v nqf.jpg Sydney New South Wales New South Wales 45,500 Only minor upgrades will be needed for the Sydney Football Stadium to meet FIFA standards for the tournament. Group stage, round of 16, and quarterfinal matches have been proposed for the stadium. Minor upgrade
Newcastle Stadium NewcastleKnights.jpg Newcastle New South Wales New South Wales 33,000 New grandstand is currently under construction bringing capacity to 33,000 for 2011. Further expansion for the tournament will bring capacity to 42,000. Stadium is possible destination for round of 16 and quarterfinal matches in addition to the group stage matches. Major upgrade
Townsville Stadium 14-05-2005-dairy farmers at dusk.JPG Townsville Queensland Queensland 26,500 Major upgrades to the stadium will bring the capacity to 40,000. Potential tournament matches include group stage, round of 16, and quarterfinals. Major upgrade
Canberra Stadium BruceStadium19032005.JPG Canberra Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory 25,011 A modern 40,000-seat stadium will be built alongside the existing stadium. Potential matches during the tournament include group stage, round of 16, and quarterfinal matches. New stadium
Carrara Stadium Carrara stadium.jpg Gold Coast Queensland Queensland 25,000 Stadium was upgraded to 40,000-seat capacity. Redevelopment was completed in 2011 to become a principal feature for the 2018 Commonwealth Games bid. Group stage, round of 16, and quarterfinal matches are planned for Gold Coast Stadium. Major upgrade
Blacktown Stadium   Blacktown New South Wales New South Wales 41,000 New 41,000-seat stadium located in the western Sydney suburb of Blacktown. The stadium will be located in Blacktown Olympic Park, which was created for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games to host softball and baseball events. Blacktown Stadium has been proposed to host group stage, round of 16, and quarterfinal matches in the submitted bid. New stadium
Kardinia Park Skilled-stadium-geelong.jpg Geelong Victoria (Australia) Victoria 35,000 Stadium capacity would be increased to 44,000 for the tournament. Currently undergoing construction of multi-tier eastern and southwestern stands. Proposed to host group stage, round of 16, and quarterfinal matches. Major upgrade

Rejected bid venues

The following is a list of stadiums that were considered at one time as part of the FFA's bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but did not make the final cut:

Stadium Image Host city State Current capacity Remarks Current FIFA non-compliant field dimensions
Docklands Stadium Etihad Stadium crop.jpg Melbourne Victoria (Australia) Victoria 53,359 Reconfigurable stadium. availability ruled out – see below: Ground sharing issues 170 m (length)
WACA Ground Lille Marsh ZOOMED OUT edit.jpg Perth Western Australia Western Australia 24,500    
Wollongong Showground WIN Stadium2.jpg Wollongong New South Wales New South Wales 20,000 Western grandstand to be redeveloped from 2010 increasing capacity to 23,750. Due to a road on Western side and beach on Eastern side of the stadium, it is not possible to upgrade the existing stadium, however a greenfield site has been suggested for a new stadium.  
Football Park AAMI Stadium Round 1 2007 Adelaide South Australia South Australia 51,240 Oval Stadium with main seating bowl section too shallow and far from a proposed football pitch. Superseded by newly re-developed Adelaide Oval 177 x 145 m
Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney Cricket Ground, Warne final balls, 2007.jpg Sydney New South Wales New South Wales 48,000   153 x 137 m
The Gabba Gabba ashes 24112006.jpg Brisbane Queensland Queensland 42,000   171 x 150 m

Ground sharing issues

Of the Australian stadiums that meet FIFA's seating criteria, none are primary association football venues. They are predominantly cricket, Australian rules football and rugby league playing venues. At the proposed time of the World Cup during the northern hemisphere summer, these facilities are normally in regular season use by Australian rules football and the rugby codes. Former England international, Peter Withe, now living in Australia, observes that "... there are some great stadiums in Australia but a lot of them are Aussie rules arenas. These are not great for the round ball."

The need for all World Cup stadia to be used only for World Cup games prior to and during the World Cup has caused controversy with the Australian Football League and National Rugby League, who claim that loss of access to almost all their major venues for eight weeks would severely disrupt their seasons and even impact the viability of their clubs. The AFL in particular has advised it will not give up Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, and the management of Docklands Stadium (which includes the AFL as part owners of the venue) has ruled out use of the stadium for the bid. The use of these shared venues remains the only option for the bid, with the Australian authorities unwilling to invest massive amounts of money in new association football-only stadia. The development of Kardinia Park (Skilled Stadium) in Geelong has been proposed to replace the loss of Docklands Stadium in the FFA bid, following the World Cup the stadium would be reconfigured to a larger oval for AFL use.Compensation claims for the disrupted seasons of the local codes may run into several hundred million dollars. The AFL and NRL and possibly also the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) will lobby for equity from government.

The AFL, NRL and FFA announced it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 9 May 2010, guaranteeing the AFL and NRL seasons will continue, should the bid be successful, and compensation for the other football codes may be awarded as a result of any disruptions caused by hosting the World Cup.

The seasons for Australia's football codes are as follows:

  • "Q" denotes pre-competition qualifiers
  • "S" denotes the start of the regular-season.
  • "P" denotes playoff(s)/postseason/knockout stages.
  • "F" denotes Final(s).
League Sport Countries Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
A-League Association football Australia New Zealand     P F         S      
AFL Australian rules football Australia     S           P F      
NRL Rugby league Australia New Zealand     S           P F    
Super Rugby Rugby union Australia New Zealand South Africa   S       P P F          

Cost concerns and benefits

Several stories in the Australian media question the restrictions and privileges that FIFA will demand of host cities at taxpayer expense, in addition to the need to build and improve so many stadia or whether "mega-events" like the World Cup are cost-effective. The FFA has argued that these costs are overstated

A report conducted by McKinsey consultants on behalf of FIFA, rated an Australian World Cup to be the worst in term of revenue. The United States were rated at 100%, Japan 73%, South Korea 71%, Qatar 70%, and Australia on 68%.

A study by global research firm IBISWorld claimed that the 2022 World Cup would be worth $35.5 billion to the Australian economy - four times the amount generated by the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Government support

Australia's bid has received government support from an early stage, with former-Prime Minister John Howard announcing federal and state/territory government support before FFA announced their intention to bid.

Bid Chairman Frank Lowy AC announced at the bid launch that he has the personal commitment of the then-Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, who announced the Federal Government's support for the bid in February 2008. In December 2008, Federal minister for sport Kate Ellis announced that the federal government would give Football Federation Australia $45.6 million to fund its World Cup bid preparation. Leader of the Opposition Malcolm Turnbull affirmed the support of the Opposition on 11 December 2008 and again at the formal launch of the bid in June 2009.

Rudd met with Sepp Blatter to discuss the Federal Government's support of the bid in Zurich in July 2009.

On 23 December 2009, with concerns over costs and effects of the bid upon other sporting codes, the Federal Government established a task force to take over much of the communication lacking by the bid in Australia. The taskforce will negotiate with governments regarding responsibility for stadium improvements, new facilities and financial guarantees. It will also organise and clarify ground-sharing arrangements with other sports and possible compensation for loss of venues.

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