2030 FIFA World Cup
|Teams||48 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||TBA (in TBA host cities)|
The 2030 FIFA World Cup will be the 24th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA, if the current 4-yearly tournament cycle is maintained. This will be 100 years after the first World Cup, which took place in Uruguay, hence the country's interest in hosting the centenary edition.
Two early bids for the 2030 FIFA World Cup—the Centennial World Cup—have been proposed. The first bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup has been proposed as a collective bid by the members of the Argentine Football Association and Uruguayan Football Association into a proposed joint bid from Uruguay and Argentina. The second bid has been a proposed bid by The Football Association of England. Under FIFA rules as of 2017, the 2030 World Cup cannot be held in Asia (AFC), as Asian Football Confederation members are excluded from the bidding following the selection of Qatar in 2022, or in North America (CONCACAF), as it hosts the 2026 edition.
A joint bid was announced by the Argentine Football Association and the Uruguayan Football Association on 29 July 2017. Before Uruguay and Argentina played out a goalless draw in Montevideo, FC Barcelona players Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi promoted the bid with commemorative shirts. On 31 August 2017, it was suggested Paraguay would join as a third host. CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, confirmed the joint three-way bid in September 2017. 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 June 2017, UEFA's president Aleksander Čeferin stated that Europe (UEFA) will definitely fight for its right to host the 2030 World Cup. English FA vice chairman David Gill has proposed that his country could potentially bid for 2030, provided that the bidding process is made more transparent. Journalist Ben Rumsby wrote, "England is one of few countries that could stage even a 48-nation event in its entirety, while Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn made it clear earlier this year bidding for 2030 was an option." In June 2017, UEFA stated that "it would support a pan-British bid for 2030 or even a single bid from England." Moreover, a possible United Kingdom bid for 2030 was also backed by the German Football Association.
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. 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. Current FIFA rules block Asian Football Confederation nations from hosting the 2030 World Cup.
On 17 June 2018, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation announced its co-bidding for the 2030 World Cup. They are co-bidding with the Tunisian Football Federation and the Algerian Football Federation.
Expressed interest in bidding
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