Federation Internationale de Football Association president touches on travel ban effects for World Cup bidders

Federation Internationale de Football Association president touches on travel ban effects for World Cup bidders

Infantino added: "We are now in the process of defining the bid requirements.The requirements will be clear".

But President Trump on Monday signed a new executive order banning immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, which could have implications for the nation's ability to host football's biggest tournament - and the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games which Los Angeles is bidding to stage.

Speaking on Thursday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino mentioned the potential issues that Trump's travel ban would create.

Iran, which is highly likely to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has reached the event four times previously, including 2014.

The statement could potentially leave the USA out to dry if any of the six countries banned in Trump's second executive ordered travel ban qualify for the expanded 48-team tournament.

"In the world there are certainly many countries with travel bans, visa requirements and so on and so forth".

Infantino's comments echoed recent remarks by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who said the World Cup "cannot be played" in a country with extensive travel restrictions.

CONCACAF, which includes the U.S., Mexico and Canada, has not hosted since 1994 and is now the favorite for 2026.

The US is considered favorite to host the centerpiece of world football.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature an enlarged 48-team format.

"The requirements will be clear", he said.

Infantino went out of his way to say that this wasn't a criticism of Trump specifically, and explained that travel bans upheld by any country are simply irreconcilable with the nature of the event, which is based on the ideal of being a truly global event featuring nations from around the world. "He's in charge, together with his government, to take the decisions that are best for his country".

And as the most-watched sporting event in the world, it's a major opportunity for the U.S. to demonstrate "soft power" - to expand its influence by appearing attractive to the world and showcasing desirable cultural values.

Although the World Cup is nine years away, Federation Internationale de Football Association expects bidding to begin next year with the host to be decided in 2020.