This afternoon, a joint statement from the football associations of the UK and Ireland have welcomed the government’s pledge of £2.8m to kick-start a potential bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
A feasibility study regarding the plans will continue before the formal World Cup bidding process begins in 2022.
An official FA statement read: “The football associations and government partners of the UK and Ireland are delighted that the UK government has committed to support a prospective five-association bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup. We will continue to undertake feasibility work to assess the viability of a bid before FIFA formally open the process in 2022. Staging a FIFA World Cup would provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits for our nations.
“If a decision is made to bid for the event, we look forward to presenting our hosting proposals to FIFA and the wider global football community.”
Let’s bring football home in 2030.
I would love for the home of football to host the 2030 World Cup, and it would be a wonderful thing for the whole country to savour.
We want to do much more to encourage sport post-pandemic and see a bonanza of football in the years ahead. https://t.co/TsCmlKTLMW
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