Saudi Arabia was the only football association to present a bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup before the deadline closed, soccer's global governing body said on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia World Cup 2034 confirmed
OFFICIAL: World Cup 2034 will be hosted by Saudi Arabia, as president Gianni Infantino has confirmed.“Football unites the world like no other sport, World Cup is perfect showcase for a message of unity and inclusion”.
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Saudi Arabia are set to host the 2034 World Cup after Australia confirmed they will not bid for the tournament.The deadline to register interest ends today pic.twitter.com/jY2ZsAs5bB
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FIFA had invited bids from Asia and Oceania for the tournament by Oct. 31, and Saudi Arabia announced it would bid only minutes after the announcement on Oct 4.
Australia said on Tuesday it would not be presenting a bid to host the tournament, leaving Saudi Arabia as the only candidate.
"As established in the Bidding Regulations approved by the FIFA Council, the FIFA administration will conduct thorough bidding and evaluation processes for the 2030 and 2034 editions of the FIFA World Cup, with the hosts to be appointed by FIFA Congresses expected to take place by Q4 2024," FIFA said.
FIFA also confirmed that the sole confirmation of interest in hosting the 2030 World Cup came from Morocco, Portugal and Spain with Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay hosting celebratory games.
On Oct. 4 FIFA announced that the combined bid of Morocco, Spain and Portugal would host the 2030 World Cup subject to the completion of a successful bidding process.
(Reporting by Trevor Stynes; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Christian Radnedge)