Trump ban could hit World Cup bid:Infantino

As per the travel ban refugee program and entry into the U.S for people from six Muslim countries have been suspended and the countries listed in the ban are Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Iran.

Federation Internationale de Football Association have warned Donald Trump his travel ban on mainly-Muslim nations could ruin the USA's bid to hold the 2026 World Cup.

While Iran is the only one of the six banned nations that has qualified and played in the World Cup in the past, that can and should be besides the point.

Gianni Infantino, the president of the worldwide soccer governing body, said on Thursday that the president's executive order preventing people from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S. could put America out of the running for even bidding to hold the iconic tournament.

Only one of the countries now banned under Trump's recently revised travel ban has qualified for the World Cup in the past: Iran, which has made it to the final rounds four times.

The United States is now favourite to win the rights to host the 2026 World Cup, which will be expanded from 32 to 48 teams, either on its own or in partnership with Mexico and Canada.

"We are now in the process of defining the bid requirements", he said.

Given that the US's burgeoning love of soccer can be traced back to hosting the 1994 World Cup, missing out on an opportunity to host another due to the current administration's xenophobia would hurt the game's ability to take the next step nationally, where it is growing but still behind the Big Four of football, basketball, baseball, and (to a lesser extent) hockey.

"The requirements will be clear", he said.

Perhaps the most fascinating part about Infantino's quotes was his discussion of bid requirements. And then each country can make up their decision, whether they want to bid or not based on the requirements.

The US is considered favorite to host the centerpiece of world football.

"Nothing to do with the USA or not, it's general sporting criteria". But with the current political situation in turmoil, CONCACAF's rumored tri-nation bid between the US, Mexico, and Canada could be shot down by the ban. Bids have to be submitted by December 2018, with the host to be decided in May 2020.

  • Lila Blake