FIFA have confirmed that both European and Asian countries will be barred from hosting the 2026 World Cup.
Europe and Asia will stage the next two tournaments, with Russia the hosts in 2018 and then Qatar four years later.
But the FIFA Council has ruled that it will continue with its rotational policy of where the tournament is staged – eliminating both continents from the bidding process for 2026.
That leaves countries in North and South America, Africa and Oceania fighting to host the tournaments, with the USA emerging as a strong possibility.
The US hosted the tournament in 1994, and bid for the 2022 even, only to be beaten by Qatar.
But there has been speculation that the US are preparing a fresh bid for 2026, and could even host the tournament in tandem with Canada and Mexico.
2026 World Cup looking nailed on for USA. Fifa Council has ruled no bidders from Europe or Asia – so no bid from China.
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) October 14, 2016