A FIFA World Cup inspection team will be in Japan this week as part of a tour of countries bidding to host the World Cup soccer finals in 2018 or 2022. Japan hopes to host the finals in 2022.
The 5-person team led by the President of the Chilean Football Association, Harold Mayne-Nicholls, will arrive in the city of Osaka on Monday.
They are to see the planned site for a new stadium in the city from the air. The Japan Football Association plans to hold the opening and final games of the 2022 World Cup in the new stadium if Japan wins the bidding.
Until the FIFA inspectors leave Japan on Thursday, they will also be briefed by the Japanese bidding committee on its plans and visit stadiums, practice grounds, and accommodation in Tokyo and neighboring Saitama.
Japan is hoping to win over the FIFA team with a concept of combining warm hospitality with state-of-the-art technology. And having co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea, Japan is hoping the FIFA team will appreciate why it wants a second chance to be host country.
Japan, Australia, South Korea, and Qatar have submitted bids to host the World Cup finals in 2022.
FIFA will choose the host countries in December based mainly on the inspection team's report on its tour.