2026 World Cup hosts vote in 2020 with new FIFA bid rules

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MEXICO CITY (AP) FIFA will spend the next year formulating new World Cup bidding requirements as part of a process that will see the 2026 hosts decided in 2020.

The governing body is beefing up the rules after the tainted dual votes in 2010 for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups set off years of scandals that culminated in Sepp Blatter being forced out of the presidency.

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During a consultation phase, which lasts until next May, FIFA will develop human rights requirements for bidding nations – a reaction to criticism of working conditions in 2022 World Cup host Qatar.

FIFA expects a decision by October on whether FIFA President Gianni Infantino can honor an election manifesto pledge and expand the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams.