Oct 31, 2023 at 9:30 AM Update: 2 minutes ago
Australia has definitively decided not to organize the Football World Cup in 2034. Saudi Arabia is so far the only country that has put itself forward as a candidate. Countries have until today to report to FIFA.
“We have investigated whether we should apply for the 2034 World Cup. But after taking everything into consideration, we have come to the conclusion that we will not submit a World Cup bid,” the Australian Football Association said in a statement on Tuesday.
Australia initially considered a joint World Cup bid with Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, but Indonesia recently expressed its support for Saudi Arabia’s World Cup bid. The Saudi Football Association previously claimed the support of more than 100 of FIFA’s 211 members.
FIFA recently adjusted the stadium requirements for the organization of a World Cup. In contrast to the 2030 World Cup, not at least seven, but four stadiums must be offered. That decision was tailor-made for Saudi Arabia, which can offer a maximum of four suitable stadiums.
Last year the World Cup took place in Qatar. Argentina became world champions by beating France in the final. The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
FIFA announced at the beginning of October that Spain, Portugal and Morocco will host the 2030 World Cup. Due to the centenary of the World Cup, the first three matches will be played in Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay. It is the first time that the tournament has been held on three continents and in six countries.
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