Japan To Bid For FIFA World Cups If 2016 Olympic Bid Successful

A Japanese website reports that Japan will bid for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and 2022 if Tokyo is elected host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Friday the Japan Football Association (JFA) informed FIFA that Japan intends to file its candidacy for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, but the JFA’s decision depends on whether Tokyo hosts the 2016 Games when a selection is made in October. It would enable Japan to construct a large-sized stadium required by FIFA to host the World Cup.

JFA Chairman Motoaki Inukai said, “if we are not successful (in the Olympic bid) it will be physically impossible to host the World Cup”.

FIFA requires countries hosting the 2018 and 2022 World Cup to have 12 stadiums that can accommodate at least 40,000 people each, with one of them having a capacity of 80,000 or more to host the opening and final matches.