The tournament, known as the "Final 8", would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition, part of an ambitious plan to reform worldwide football which FIFA believes could be worth US$25 billion (A$33 billion) in a 12-year cycle. In trying to sway support for the joint bid, USA president Trump is doing away with the charm and persuasion which most bid campaigns adopt to win support.
Infantino wants to introduce two brand new competitions, a revamped Club World Cup and a new FIFA Nations League which is anticipated will jointly provide FIFA with significant additional funding and allow Infantino to fulfil his election pledge of handing FIFA federations vastly more development money than they had before he took over.
Federation Internationale de Football Association members will vote to choose the host of the 2026 edition on June 13. I think what was implicit in what he said was that he would like to see people support our bid and that is what I like my head of state to say.
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Its national team was the lowest-ranked team to enter the World Cup at the time of the draw in December. "We are all hoping that our players will be fully in the game, will give themselves entirely", he said.
"It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the USA bid". He also asked why they should be supporting countries when those countries don't support them, including at the UN.
Trump's comments however risk incurring the wrath of FIFA, which has strict guidelines forbidding government intervention in football matters.
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Jaimie Fuller, one of the founding members of the New FIFA Now advocacy group, believes Trump may weigh heavily on the North American bid, while cautioning that the vote remains finely balanced.
However, Cordeiro said the bid leaders' meeting on Wednesday with 12 South-east Asian voters in Indonesia suggested Trump was not a negative factor.
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