- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (AP) - FIFA says 11 bidders are officially in the race to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

The candidates are: Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, South Korea and the United States, plus joint bids from Belgium-Netherlands and Spain-Portugal.

Qatar and South Korea have applied only for the 2022 tournament. The other nine candidates are in both races.

FIFA confirmed the candidates on Tuesday after the deadline to formally register bids passed late Monday.

FIFA will choose the two winning bids in December 2010.

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