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How you can 'Back the Bid'

Posted on 2 September 2009  - 12:00

Here's how you can 'Back The Bid' and support London's campaign to become a major host venue for England's 2018 World Cup bid.

How you can 'Back the Bid'

Here's how you can 'Back The Bid' and support London's campaign to become a major host venue for England's 2018 World Cup bid.

With England 2018 making its decision on host cities on December 14th, 2009, the clock is ticking.

The simplest and most important way for fans to back the bid is by visiting www.england2018bid.com - CLICK HERE - and registering their support for London.

Step one: Go to www.england2018bid.com.

Step two: Click ‘Support' (you'll find this tab at the top of the page).

Step three: Click ‘Show your support'.

Step four: Fill out your details. In the ‘Choose your host city' section remember to select ‘London'.

London is up against cities from all over the country, including hotbeds of football support like Liverpool and Newcastle. Our aim is to exceed the enthusiasm and commitment shown towards the beautiful game elsewhere by getting one million people to register their support for London.

Fast facts...

- Up to 18 stadiums could in theory be selected for inclusion in England's final bid for the 2018 tournament, but 15 cities are bidding to be involved

- London is putting forward Arsenal's Emirates stadium, Tottenham's planned new stadium, the 2012 Olympic Stadium, while Wembley will host the opening match and final and possibly other matches

- London could secure games for a maximum of four stadiums

- The other cities competing for inclusion in the final bid are: Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle & Gateshead, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Sunderland

- Seven million people play football in London every single week

- Last year the total attendance at Premiership and Football League games in the capital exceeded 30 million

- London has 13 professional football clubs, more than any other city in the world

- The capital also has over 80 semi-professional and amateur leagues

- They are Arsenal, Barnet, Brentford, Charlton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Queen's Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Ham

- London's professional teams provide opportunities for two million children and young people to get involved in football