The 2030 FIFA World Cup will be the 24th FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football championship contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The event will mark the centennial of the first World Cup.

2030 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup 2030
Tournament details
TeamsTBA (under current rules: 48) (from 6 confederations)
2026
2034

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Host selectionEdit

The first proposed bid for the 2030 World Cup was a joint bid from the Argentine Football Association and Uruguayan Football Association.[1] The second was by The Football Association of England.[2] The third was by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation in a potential joint bid with its neighbours.[3] Under FIFA rules as of 2017, the 2030 World Cup cannot be held in Asia (AFC), as its members are excluded from the bidding following the selection of Qatar in 2022, and in North America (CONCACAF), where the 2026 edition in Canada, Mexico and the United States will be hosted.[4][2]

The joint bid by Argentina and Uruguay was announced on 29 July 2017.[5] Before a match between Uruguay and Argentina in Montevideo four weeks later, Uruguay's Luis Suárez and Argentina's Lionel Messi – teammates at FC Barcelona – promoted the bid with commemorative shirts.[6] On 31 August 2017, it was suggested Paraguay would join as a third host.[7] CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, confirmed the joint three-way bid in September 2017.[8] The Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay bid would coincide with the centennial anniversary of the first FIFA World Cup final hosted by Uruguay as well as the bicentennial of the first Constitution of Uruguay.

In 2015, vice-chairman of The Football Association David Gill stated that his country could potentially bid for 2030, provided that the bidding process was made more transparent.[9] Journalist Ben Rumsby wrote, "England is one of few countries that could stage even a 48-nation event[10] in its entirety, while Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn made it clear earlier this year bidding for 2030 was an option."[2] In June 2017, UEFA's president Aleksander Čeferin stated that Europe (UEFA) would definitely fight for its "turn" to host the World Cup in 2030.[11] The same month, UEFA stated that "it would support a pan-British bid for 2030 or even a single bid from England."[12] Moreover, a possible United Kingdom bid for 2030 was also backed by the German Football Association.[13] On 15 July 2018, Deputy Leader of the UK Labour Party, Tom Watson, said in an interview that he and his party backed a 2030 World Cup bid for the UK saying that "I hope it's one of the first things a Labour government does, which is work with our FA to try and put a World Cup bid together."[14] On 16 July 2018, British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her support of the bid and her openness about discussions with football authorities.[15][16] Although there had been no prior discussion with the Football Association, the Scottish FA also expressed its interest about joining a Home Nations bid.[17] Former Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish has called the Scottish government and the Scottish Football Association to bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup with the other British nations.[18]

On 17 June 2018, The Football Association announced that they are in talks with home nations over a UK-wide bid to host 2030 World Cup.[19] On 1 August 2018, it was reported that the FA was preparing a bid for England to host the World Cup in 2030. A decision is expected to be made in 2019, after the FA will conduct a feasibility work on a potential bid.[20] UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin wants only one European bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. He also considers the British bid as the wisest idea.[21] There are also talks about the Football Association of Ireland joining a possible British bid.[22] The Scottish Football Association considered the potential British bid as a great opportunity to get funds to renovate and redevelop the Hampden Park in Glasgow, the Scotland national football team's home stadium.[23] On 19 September 2018, the Football Association of Ireland confirmed it has joined the feasibility study for co-hosting the 2030 World Cup with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.[24] On 28 September 2018, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the British Government would back any British and Irish FIFA World Cup bid. Furthermore, The Football Association and the Football Association of Wales confirmed the five national governing bodies are in discussions about the feasibility of bidding to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.[25]

On 17 June 2018, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation announced its co-bidding for the 2030 World Cup. There are two possible joint bids one with Tunisia and Algeria, and the other with Spain and Portugal.[3]

On 29 September 2018, the executive board of the Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF) announced its interest to submit a joint North African bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.[26][27]

Current FIFA rules block Asian Football Confederation nations from hosting the 2030 World Cup following the selection of Qatar in 2022.[2] Nevertheless, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in suggested in June 2017 that the World Cup be hosted by a Northeast Asian block including both South Korea and North Korea, telling FIFA president Gianni Infantino it would improve relations in the region.[28] Chung Mong-gyu, the head of the Korea Football Association, renewed the offer to the DPR Korea Football Association, the Chinese Football Association and the Japan Football Association at the FIFA Congress in Moscow in June 2018.[29] South Korean president Moon discussed the proposal again with Infantino during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[30]

On 10 July 2018, Egypt's Sports Minister expressed interest in bidding to host.[31]

Cameroonian presidential candidate Joshua Osih's political program includes nominating his country along with two sub-Saharan African countries to host the 2030 World Cup, according to Cameroonian channel CRTV.[32]

On 12 September 2018, Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez discussed about the possibility for Spain to bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Royal Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales.[33]

On 2 November 2018, the leaders of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia confirmed their intention to compete to host the tournament considering a combined bid.[34] On 25 February 2019, at the meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria of the Ministers of Youth and Sports of Romania, Constantin Bogdan Matei; Bulgaria, Krasen Kralev; Serbia, Vanja Udovičić and Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports of Greece, Giorgos Vasileiadis, it was officially confirmed that these four countries would submit joint candidacy for the organization of the UEFA Euro 2028 an 2030 FIFA World Cup. A second meeting is scheduled for Thessaloniki, Greece in April 2019.[35][36][37]

Confirmed plan to bidEdit

CAF
  •   Morocco
CONMEBOL
UEFA

Expressed interest in biddingEdit

CAF
UEFA
AFC[b]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c While it is the national football association that is eligible to bid, it was the country – which can not bid itself – that expressed interest in bidding
  2. ^ AFC nations are not currently eligible to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup

ReferencesEdit

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