The UK and Ireland have abandoned a potential joint bid to host the football World Cup in 2030. The football associations of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic have announced that they will instead focus on proposals for Euro 2028.It comes after a government-backed feasibility study – as bidding for the 2030 competition was in the Conservatives’ 2019 election manifesto.
The five nations agreed that the World Cup bid had an increasingly slim chance of success.”On balance, the five associations have opted not to bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup and have decided to focus entirely on an official bid to host UEFA Euro 2028,” the football associations stated in a joint statement.
“Hosting a UEFA Euro provides a comparable return on investment, with the European event having a lower delivery cost and the possibility for benefits to be realized sooner.””To collectively host UEFA Euro 2028 and welcome everyone of Europe would be an honor and a privilege.” It would also be an excellent opportunity to show the genuine impact of holding a world-class football tournament by fostering good change and leaving a lasting legacy in our communities.”
England has already failed to host the World Cup on its own in 2006 and 2018. The next World Cup will begin in November in Qatar, with the tournament taking place in the winter rather than the traditional summer months due to the host country’s environment. The United States, Canada, and Mexico will host the tournament in 2026.
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