BID FOR THE CUP

Help bring the World Cup™ to Atlanta

In early 2008 soccer fans in Atlanta began their quest to be a host site should US win the Bid for the FIFA World Cup™. The requirements were rigid and the process of putting together a bid for the City was a huge undertaking, but business, sports and civic leaders decided it would be well worth the effort and decided to launch a bid initiative.

Under the leadership of the Atlanta Sports Council and in conjunction with Georgia Soccer, the Georgia Dome, ACVB, Atlanta Falcons and Centennial Olympic Park - the principals of the Atlanta Bid Committee formulated a plan to win a spot in the US Bid. Throughout 2009, the Committee enlisted the support of Atlanta's business and civic leaders, delegating assignments, spreading the word, and educating the general population and business community about the World Cup and what hosting would mean for the City. The efforts were not in vain and slowly but surely, the pieces started coming together - and the bid process was becoming a reality.

Initially 78 cities were vying for the 18 spots that would be submitted to FIFA in the USA Bid. In early January 2010, after three rounds of eliminations, the final 18 cities were named - Atlanta made the cut!


ATLANTA MAKES THE FINAL CUT!

NEW YORK (January 12, 2010) - The USA Bid Committee has concluded its eight-month host city selection process and today announced the list of cities that will be included in its official bid book to FIFA to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022.

Eighteen cities - the maximum allowable by FIFA - have been identified as official host cities and will be included in the formal bid book that the USA Bid Committee will submit to FIFA on May 14, 2010.

We are thrilled to be among the final 18 Host Cities that the USA Bid Committee will put forth in its bid submission to FIFA to host either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™

But our work is not done

Atlanta, along with the other host cities, must now show the World that the US is ready, willing and able to host the FIFA World Cup™. Be part of the effort and support the Atlanta bid. There's lots to do in 2010!

Find out more by visiting www.gousabid.com and www.theatlantabid.com