Australia confident of hosting World Cup

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Australia have promised a "no worries" World Cup should they be successful in bidding to host either the 2018 or 2022 tournaments.

Football Federation Australia joined their counterparts from England, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia and the United States in the race to host either the World Cup's 21st or 22nd edition.

Joint bids from Belgium-Netherlands and Spain-Portugal are also under consideration, while Qatar and South Korea have applied solely for the 2022 finals.

FFA chief executive officer Ben Buckley believes forecasts of social and economic growth in Asia make a compelling case for his country, which joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006.

An FFA statement read: "Australia offers football and its commercial partners access to these markets, but critically in an environment that is organised and friendly."

And Buckley added: "Asia's strong financial growth clearly offers a great opportunity for football. The world's greatest tournament in the world's fastest growing region is an exciting mix.

"As we build to the World Cup votes in December, FFA will continue to deliver a clear message straight to FIFA's executive committee - namely that Australia is not just central to Asia but also offers a 'no worries' experience."

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