The Australian World Cup bid committee is confident they have a 'compelling' case to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
With news that China is expected to put a bid in for the 2026 event, Australian sources say that decision will bear no difference on what happens with the winning bid for 2022.
"We can't and don't really want to comment directly about whatever anyone else may or may not be doing," an FFA spokesman told The Australian yesterday.
"However, we are very confident that we have a compelling case to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
"Our bid is complete. it has been submitted and is supported by full government guarantees and we will be promoting it up until the decision by FIFA on December 2.
"We know we have a lot of competition but we believe we are a safe pair of hands in Asia and have a fantastic record of holding huge events including the best Olympics ever in Sydney in 2000," he added.
"Australia is the only continent yet to hold a World Cup and by providing us the honour of hosting one would be a huge benefit to all of Asia and Oceania."