The first three matches of the 2030 tournament will be held in South America to commemorate the club’s 100th anniversary.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the tournament, international soccer organization FIFA has announced that Morocco, Portugal and Spain will host the 2030 World Cup, with the first three matches to be held in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The decision, announced on Wednesday, means the World Cup will be held in six countries on three continents.
FIFA said in a statement: “The FIFA Executive Board has unanimously agreed that the combined candidacy of Morocco, Portugal and Spain will be the only candidature. The three countries will become hosts in 2030, and the existing slot allocation will They will automatically qualify to participate.”
“Furthermore, the FIFA Council, taking into account the historical context of the first-ever FIFA World Cup, unanimously agreed to hold a unique 100th anniversary celebration in the country’s capital, Montevideo, and in Uruguay and Argentina. A further agreement was reached to host three World Cup matches: and Paraguay, respectively.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has announced its intention to bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday.
The Saudi Football Federation said in a statement that the bid “aims to deliver a world-class tournament, drawing inspiration from Saudi Arabia’s ongoing social and economic transformation and the country’s deep-rooted passion for football. ” he said.
FIFA said Wednesday’s decision and the allocation of the 2026 tournament to Canada, Mexico and the United States – the first time men’s teams from 48 countries participated – limited bids to the 2034 World Cup to Asia and Oceania. said that it would be done.
Besides Saudi Arabia, another strong contender is Australia, which co-hosted this year’s Women’s World Cup with New Zealand.
The FIFA Council takes an important decision regarding hosting the FIFA World Cup™ in 2030 and 2034: joint bid by Morocco, Portugal and Spain becomes the only candidate to host the FIFA World Cup 2030™
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) October 4, 2023
The decision, intended to pay homage to the first World Cup hosted and won by the South American country Uruguay in 1930, is considered overly complex as it involves a large amount of travel between different continents and time zones. Maybe.
The agreement was reached between the sport’s continental leaders on Wednesday.
“The 100th anniversary of the World Cup cannot be far from South America, where it all began,” said Alejandro Dominguez, president of South American football organization CONMEBOL. “The 2030 World Cup will be held on three continents.”
Morocco will become the second country in Africa to host the World Cup, following South Africa in 2010. The 1978 tournament was held in Argentina, and the 1982 tournament was held in Spain.
Portugal and Paraguay will be hosting World Cup matches for the first time, as will Morocco, but all three countries have hosted continental championships in the past.
The tournament will be held in June and July 2030. 104 games It is scheduled.
The most recent Men’s World Cup was held in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar in 2022 and culminated in an enthralling final between France and Argentina, with Argentina emerging victorious.
The most recent Women’s World Cup was hosted by Australia and New Zealand in July and August, with Spain defeating England in the final.