Palestinians Looking to Host World Soccer Congress in 2017

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The Palestine Football Assocation is competing to host the international soccer organization FIFA's annual congress in 2017.

FIFA says Palestine is among 10 members expressing interest in the gig, whi8le 14 have proposed hosting the 2016 congress.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter suggested a bid this month when visiting the Palestinian territory and Israel.

FIFA says formal bids must now be submitted, and its executive committee is scheduled to choose winners at a December 4-5 meeting in Salvador, Brazil.

South Africa, the 2010 World Cup host, Turkey and Canada are interested in hosting either congress. Other candidates include Jamaica, Jordan and Uzbekistan.

The 2014 congress will be held in Sao Paulo, and the 2015 election congress is in Zurich.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter kicks a ball during the inauguration ceremony of a football academy named after him in Al-Bireh, near the West Bank city of Ramallah July 7, 2013.Credit: Reuters

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