Saudi Arabia To Host 2034 World Cup After Australia Withdrawals Bid
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Saudi Arabia will host the 2034 World Cup after FIFA confirmed it was the only bidder for the tournament.
Australia decided against bidding to stage the tournament hours before FIFA’S deadline for declarations of interest on Tuesday.
Morocco, Portugal and Spain are the only bidders for the 2030 edition, with games also played in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
A FIFA congress will confirm the hosts in late 2024.
The 2026 World Cup will take place in the US, Mexico and Canada.
“Three editions, five continents and 10 countries involved in staging matches in the tournament – that’s making football truly global,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino wrote on Instagram.
“As we live in an increasingly divided and aggressive world, we show once again that football, the leading global sport, unites like nothing else.”
Australia’s governing body Football Australia says it intends to focus its efforts on hosting the Women’s Asian Cup in 2026 and the Club World Cup in 2029.
BBC reports that Football’s world governing body FIFA had said the 2034 World Cup would be held in Asia or Oceania, and an Australian bid was regarded as the only potential challenger to Saudi Arabia, which announced its intention to bid shortly after FIFA’s decision.
After Tuesday’s deadline passed, football’s world governing body confirmed the bids for the 2030 and 2034 World Cups and said there will now be “thorough bidding and evaluation processes” for the tournaments.
Saudi Arabian Football Federation president Yasser Al Misehal said: “Driven by a huge passion for the game by our young nation, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation is fully committed to meeting and exceeding the bid’s requirements.”
He also said hosting tournament would offer an “open invitation to the world to experience our rich football culture”.