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2030 FIFA World Cup Bid
England 2030
Tournament details
Host countryEngland
Teams48 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)TBA (in TBA host cities)

The England 2030 FIFA World Cup bid is a potential bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup by England.

Background[edit | edit source]

The 2030 bid is England's fifth bid to host the FIFA World Cup after three unsuccessful attempts in 1990, 2006, and 2018. If successful, it will be the second hosting for England after the 1966 tournament.

Potential venues[edit | edit source]

For the 2026 FIFA World Cup, it has been confirmed that stadiums must have a capacity of at least 40,000 for group round matches and second round matches, 40,000 for quarter final and 60,000 for the semi-finals and at least 80,000 for the Opening Match and Final.

Bidding[edit | edit source]

English FA vice chairman David Gill has proposed that his country could bid for 2030, provided the bidding process is made more transparent.[1] "England is one of few countries that could stage even a 48-nation event in its entirety, while Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn made it clear earlier this year bidding for 2030 was an option."[2]

On 17 June 2018, the English Football Association announced that they are in talks with home nations over a UK-wide bid to host 2030 World Cup.[3] On 1 August 2018, it was reported that the FA was preparing a bid for England to host the World Cup in 2030. A decision is expected to be made in 2019, after the FA will conduct a feasibility work on a potential bid.[4]

Possible Joint Bid[edit | edit source]

England is potentially planning on a joint bid with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.[1][2][5][6][3][7] In addition, on 4 September 2018, it was announced that the Republic of Ireland is in talks exploring the possibility to join 2030 World Cup bid.[8]

Although there had been no prior discussion with the Football Association, the Scottish FA also expressed its interest about joining a Home Nations bid.[9] Former Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish has called the Scottish government and the Scottish Football Association to bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup with the other British nations.[10] The Scottish Football Association considered the potential British bid as a great opportunity to get funds to renovate and redevelop the Hampden Park in Glasgow, the Scotland national football team's home stadium.[11]

On 19 September 2018, the Football Association of Ireland confirmed it has joined discussions over a potential joint bid for the 2030 World Cup. The Republic of Ireland will also join the feasibility study for hosting the 2030 FIFA World Cup with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.[12]

Support[edit | edit source]

In June 2017, UEFA's president Aleksander Čeferin stated that Europe (UEFA) would definitely fight for its "turn" to host the World Cup in 2030.[13] The same month, UEFA stated that "it would support a pan-British bid for 2030 or even a single bid from England."[14]

Moreover, a possible England bid or a pan-British bid for 2030 was also backed by the German Football Association.[15]

On 15 July 2018, Deputy Leader of the UK Labour Party, Tom Watson, said in an interview that he and his party backed a 2030 World Cup bid for the UK saying that "I hope it's one of the first things a Labour government does, which is work with our FA to try and put a World Cup bid together."[16]

On 16 July 2018, British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her support of the bid and her openness about discussions with football authorities.[17][18]

On 31 August 2018, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said that he wants only one European bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.[19] He also considers the British bid as the wisest idea.[20]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "England could bid for 2030 World Cup, says FA vice-chairman David Gill". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "England's hopes of hosting 2030 World Cup given boost". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "FA in talks with home nations over UK-wide bid to host 2030 World Cup". The Guardian. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  4. "England preparing bid to host 2030 World Cup, FA confirms". Sky Sports. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  5. McMahon, Bobby. "Uruguay, Argentina And Paraguay Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup Finals Will Be Hard To Beat". Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  6. "England amazingly backed by Germany in World Cup 2030 bid". 13 November 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  7. "Potential 2030 World Cup hosts". The Guardian. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  8. "Ireland in talks over joining 2030 World Cup bid". The Times. 4 September 2018.
  9. "World Cup 2030: Scottish FA 'open-minded' to joining home nations bid". BBC. 17 July 2018.
  10. "Henry McLeish: Scotland should lead home nations bid for World Cup 2030". Herald Scotland. 21 July 2018.
  11. "Landing 2030 World Cup will help us secure the funding needed to redevelop Hampden, says SFA chief executive". The Herald Scotland. 11 September 2018.
  12. "World Cup 2030: Football Association of Ireland enter joint bid discussions". BBC Sport. 19 September 2018.
  13. "UEFA will 'fight' for Europe's right to host 2030 World Cup". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  14. McMahon, Bobby. "Uruguay, Argentina And Paraguay Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup Finals Will Be Hard To Beat". Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  15. "England amazingly backed by Germany in World Cup 2030 bid". thesun.co.uk. 13 November 2017.
  16. "Tom Watson: Labour would back an England-led bid to host the World Cup in 2030". ITV News. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  17. "Theresa May backs bid to bring football home by holding World Cup 2030 in Britain". Daily Mirror. 16 July 2018.
  18. "World Cup 2030: UK bid to host tournament backed by government". The Independent. 16 July 2018.
  19. "UEFA president wants only one European bid for 2030 World Cup, backs potential UK bid". ESPN. 31 August 2018.
  20. "UEFA president wants only one European bid for 2030 World Cup, backs potential UK bid". ESPN. 31 August 2018.


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