2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup voting breakdown
December 2, FIFA awarded 2018 World Cup to Russia over England, Spain/Portugal, and Belgium/Netherlands and 2022 World Cup to Qatar, eliminating USA, Japan, South Korea, and Australia. FIFA president Sepp Blatter made the announcement in Zurich, Switzerland. Read analysis of the controversial decisions here.
FIFA Executive Committee voting results
22 members of the FIFA Executive Committee were entitled to vote. Twelve votes were needed for an absolute majority and the right to host the World Cup.
2018 FIFA World Cup
Round 1: England 2 votes, Netherlands/Belgium 4 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 9 votes (as no absolute majority was reached, the candidate with least amount of votes, England, was eliminated)
Round 2: Netherlands/Belgium 2 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 13 votes (Russia obtained an absolute majority)
2022 FIFA World Cup
Round 1: Australia 1 vote, Japan 3 votes, Korea Republic 4 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 3 votes (Australia eliminated)
Round 2: Japan 2 votes, Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 10 votes and USA 5 votes (Japan eliminated)
Round 3: Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 6 votes (Korea Republic eliminated)
Round 4: Qatar 14 votes and USA 8 votes (Qatar obtained an absolute majority)
The FIFA Executive Committee Voting Process
The 2018 vote will take place first, then 2022. The vote is by secret ballot and all eligible members of the FIFA Executive Committee can vote in both ballots.
To win the right to host the competition, a bidder must obtain an absolute majority (50% + 1) of the votes of the FIFA Executive Committee members present.
In the event of a tie when only two bidders remain, the FIFA President will have the casting vote.
For any voting round in which an absolute majority is not achieved, the bidder with the lowest number of votes will not progress to the next voting round.
If there is a tie for the lowest number of votes in any round, an intermediate voting round will be conducted to determine which of the tied bidders does not progress.