The 2014 World Cup will be held in South America, FIFA’s executive committee ruled today. The decision was taken by the strategic studies commission, headed by FIFA president Joseph Blatter, as part of the policy of rotating the World Cup between continents.

"The naming of this confederation (South America) which has not organised a World Cup since 1978 (Argentina) and which has won this event nine times is logical," said Blatter.

The 2006 World Cup will take place in Germany with the 2010 event slated for Africa with six countries - South Africa, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia - bidding. The 2010 venue will be chosen in May 2004.

Filed by James Boylan.