Not even a week has yet passed by, nor has the dust yet settled on World Cup 2007, yet here I am to discuss potential sites for the next one. Europe hosted the first two events (Italy '99, Germany '03), and Japan hosted the most recent tournament. Who should host IFAF WC2011? Let's look at it by region:
Kawasaki just hosted the 2007 World Cup. It would be unlikely that Asia would get to host consecutive events, especially considering fan turnout was poor.
The expense of travel to The Land Down Under alone probably precludes this from being an option just yet.
No offense to Canada, but if the World Cup is going to be hosted in Canada, it would probably be done in a split effort with the United States. It doesn't make much sense to have teams travel to North America and then not take advantage of the American fanbase, which seems never to be able to satiate its lust for football. That said, Canada would be a fine place to host the event, but hosting it in the United States would be more practical. Conversely, there is really no good argument at the moment for hosting the event in Mexico.
A strategically selected city in Europe would make a lot of sense, as the football-crazy (the roundball kind) continent has the greatest potential for growth of the American sport. European economies by and large are strong, which should allow for an appropriate affair to be hosted. Soccer pitches are easily transformed into gridirons, which means facilities for the even will not be a problem anyway on the continent. Furthermore, fifty percent of the participants in the first three World Cups have been from Europe (Finland, France twice, Germany twice, Italy and Sweden twice).
Since Germany and Italy have already hosted the event, I'll leave them out of consideration for host country for WC2011. There are still plenty of viable candidates: Barcelona, Dublin (Croke Park has hosted American football before, and Lansdowne Road is also a viable option), London (Wembley will get a taste of American football when the NFL comes to visit in a couple of months), Paris, Stockholm ... there's no need to go on. The point is, there are plenty of options.
Like Europe, there are many reasons it would make sense to host WC2011 in the United States. For starters, it would generate huge revenues - much moreso than any other site. Typical American football stadiums hold 80,000-100,000 fans, and usually sell every seat. This event could be hosted in any city -- whether large like New York or Los Angeles, or small like Tuscaloosa, Alabama -- and be virtually guaranteed to be a cash cow. A terrible turnout in an American city would draw ten times as many fans as the previous World Cup in Kawasaki did. If the IFAF can figure out a stipulation within the organization of the event for part of the profits to augment the travel expenses and other costs of operation for the participants in the event, then that should allow for the greatest turnout yet for a World Cup.