And that in turn means England will no longer stake a claim for the 2022 event, instead focusing all its attention on the tournament in eight years' time.
The US had been the last non-European bidders remaining in the race for 2018 following
This decision leaves England's as one of four European bids for 2018, up against
With FIFA statutes preventing two successive World Cups being held in the same continent, the race for the 2022 tournament will now be between
USA bid committee executive director
But the chairman of the committee,
"We are confident this is in the best interests of the USA bid.
"We wanted to make the announcement now - still 48 days before the final decision - in order to make our intentions clear during the last part of our campaign.
"This also enables FIFA to finalise the selection procedures during its upcoming scheduled executive committee meeting."
That meeting will take place in
FIFA secretary general
"The announcement today by the USA bid to focus solely on the 2022 FIFA World Cup is therefore a welcome gesture which is much appreciated by FIFA."
A statement from the
The statement read: "England 2018/22 today confirmed to FIFA that it was withdrawing its candidature from the FIFA World Cup 2022 and will now focus on its bid to host the tournament in 2018.
"This followed consultation with UEFA president Michel Platini on the most appropriate moment to withdraw.
"England 2018 is delighted it is now clear the FIFA World Cup will be coming to
The 2018 bid continued apace as Prime Minister
Mrs Persad-Bissessar is a political ally of FIFA vice-president
With CONCACAF wielding three votes on FIFA's executive committee, Mr Warner will be an influential voice when the 2018 host is chosen on
After the meeting at Downing Street, a Number 10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister congratulated Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar on her country's work as chair in office of the Commonwealth. They agreed to work closely to help the organisation realise its enormous potential, particularly in fostering international trade.
"The Prime Minister also updated Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar on England's bid to stage the 2018 World Cup and the lasting legacy the tournament could have worldwide, and encouraged