(WFI) With less than 200 days until FIFA decides the location of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, the 2nd WFI World Cup Bid Power Index reveals how the nine bid campaigns are progressing.

It shows significant developments since the first edition of the INSIDER Power Index was published in February when England, Russia and Australia were ranked in the top three places. Indonesia has since dropped out of the running.

The bid committees have since completed their final bid dossiers and last week submitted them to FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Zurich.

All will be revealed when the new analysis of the 2018/2022 World Cup bidders, covering 10 categories, is published next Wednesday, May 26, on www.WorldFootballinsider.com.

“In the past three months, there have been plenty of ups and downs in the bidding contest for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup with some of the bidders suffering more than others,” said INSIDER editor Mark Bisson.

“The second WFI World Cup Bid Power Index, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each bid, will give a strong indication of how they compare at this stage of the race,” he added.

FIFA has not confirmed that the 2018 World Cup will be awarded to Europe, leaving Australia and the USA to remain in contention. But the consensus among the bid teams is that either England, Holland/Belgium, Russia, or Spain/Portugal will get the tournament.

Earlier this month, Japan withdrew from the 2018 race to concentrate its efforts on 2022 after being advised by FIFA president Sepp Blatter that the World Cup after Brazil 2014 was likely to be awarded to Europe.

If 2018 heads to Europe, the race for the 2022 World Cup would be a fight between Australia, Japan, South Korea, Qatar and USA.

The WFI Bid Power Index is the only regularly published review of World Cup bids that is based on expert analysis and first-hand contact with the bid nations, including interviews with bid leaders and information and figures from each of the bids.

The rankings are not meant to predict the outcome of the FIFA vote on Dec. 2, 2010, but to show the merits and drawbacks of the bidding nations at intervals before the decision.

In WFI’s latest poll, Qatar has edged Australia as the favorite to host the 2022 World Cup.
Asked: Which World Cup bid deserves to win the 2022 tournament?, WFI’s global readership responded in huge numbers.

As of May 21, there were 6,408 respondents, 41 percent (2,623) voted for Qatar. Australia received 38 percent of the votes (2,444). Surprisingly, the USA trailed with just 895 votes, while Japan could only garner 426 votes. South Korea picked up just 29 votes.

WFI’s newest poll will publish Monday, May 24 and asks: Who will be the leading scorer at the World Cup?
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Wayne Rooney (England)
Robin van Persie (The Netherlands)
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
David Villa (Spain)

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