One Step Closer to Hosting the World Cup

By Michelle Wayland
|  Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 AM PDT
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The World Cup may be coming to San Diego in 2018 or 2022!

The City Council voted six to two in favor of moving San Diego forward as a city to host World Cup matches on Tuesday night. On Monday, Mayor Jerry Sanders made it official with an announcement at the San Diego Hall of Champions.

San Diego is one of 27 cities being considered if the tournament comes to the U.S. Several nations, including England, Russian and Australia will try to secure the competition.

Next month, the U.S. bid committee will narrow that number to 18. But don't get too excited -- FIFA isn't announcing host countries until next December.

If the U.S. were to host the World Cup, 18 cities would be chosen to host four to six games over a two-week period. The host city, though, could see an addition of as many as 8,000 jobs and could rake in $350 million to $500 million in tourist revenue, without worldwide visibility televised in 214 countries.

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