2034 FIFA World Cup
The bidding process for the World Cup is yet to start. Some early bids for the 2034 FIFA World Cup have however been proposed. The following countries expressed interest in bidding:
The first bid for the 2034 FIFA World Cup has been proposed as a collective bid by the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The idea of a combined ASEAN bid had been mooted as early as January 2011, when the former Football Association of Singapore President, Zainudin Nordin, said in a statement that the proposal had been made at an ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting, despite the fact that countries cannot bid (as that's up to national associations). In 2013, Nordin and Special Olympics Malaysia President, Datuk Mohamed Feisol Hassan, recalled the idea for ASEAN to jointly host a World Cup. 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. Therefore, the earliest bid by an AFC member could be made for 2034.
Later, Malaysia withdrew from involvement but Singapore and other ASEAN countries continued the campaign to submit a joint bid for the World Cup in 2034. In February 2017, ASEAN held talks on launching a joint bid during a visit by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to Yangon, Myanmar. On 1 July 2017, Vice General Chairman of the Football Association of Indonesia Joko Driyono said that Indonesia and Thailand were set to lead a consortium of Southeast Asian nations in the bid. Driyono added that due to geographic and infrastructure considerations and the expanded format (48 teams), at least two or three ASEAN countries combined would be in a position necessary to host matches.
In September 2017, the Thai League 1 Deputy CEO Benjamin Tan, at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Council meeting, confirmed that his Association has "put in their interest to bid and co-host" the 2034 World Cup with Indonesia. On the same occasion, the General Secretary of the AFF, Dato Sri Azzuddin Ahmad, confirmed that Indonesia and Thailand will submit a joint bid. Indonesia was the first Asian team and the only Southeast Asian country to have participated in the World Cup, when the territory was known as the Dutch East Indies.
However, in June 2018, FIFA executive committee member, Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Sultan of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah who is also the former President of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) expressed interest in joining the three countries in hosting the World Cup together. The four countries have jointly hosted a football event before during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.
In June 2019, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayuth Chan-o-cha announced that all 10 nations of ASEAN shall launch a joint-bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, being the first to submit a ten-country joint bid in the FIFA World Cup history.
On October 9, 2019, five ASEAN countries officially proposed to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup. Thailand is to lead the initiative.
Egypt's Sports and Youth Minister Ashraf Sobhy said that Egypt is considering a bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup. Such a bid should be prepared by the national football association rather than the country.
Expressed interest in bidding
An overview of expressed interest in bidding is shown below:
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- "ASEAN mulling 2034 World Cup bid: Myanmar". The Myanmar Times. AFP. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- "Indonesia ready to lead Asean bid for 2034 World Cup". The Straits Times. AFP. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
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- "Thailand to lead Asean bid for 2034 World Cup". Bangkokpost. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
- Hong Soon-do (19 June 2017). "China to Overtake US economy and Host World Cup in 2034". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- "Australia in stunning World Cup bid". NewsComAu. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
- Cleaver, Dylan (13 April 2015). "Fifa World Cup: NZ dream to host Cup". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
- Ogden, Mark (13 June 2018). "Potential 2030 World Cup hosts include Uruguay/Argentina, England". ESPN. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
- Thornycroft, Peta; Laing, Aislinn (17 July 2014). "Zimbabwe's tourism minister reveals ambitious plan to host Fifa World Cup in 2034". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- "Egypt Considering Bidding to Host World Cup or Olympics". FourFourTwo. Sputnik News. 18 July 2018. Archived from the original on 24 July 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
- "Could the rise of online sports betting in Nigeria help a future World Cup bid?". The Guardian. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.