The selection of the 12 host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be made at the FIFA Executive Committee meeting taking place at the end of May, just before the 2009 FIFA Congress that will be held in the Bahamas, and not at the upcoming meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee scheduled on 19-20 March in Zurich.

Since the increase of the number of host cities from 10 to 12 has only been decided at the FIFA Executive Committee meeting held in December 2008 in Tokyo, and since there is no imperative need for an immediate decision on the choice of the host cities, FIFA, in agreement with the Brazilian Local Organising Committee, has opted for giving more time to the analysis of the reports received after the last inspection conducted in 17 cities of Brazil in January-February 2009.