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United Kingdom 2030 FIFA World Cup bid

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2030 FIFA World Cup Bid
Tournament details
Host country England
 Northern Ireland
DatesJune – July (expected)
Teams48 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)TBA (in TBA host cities)

The United Kingdom 2030 FIFA World Cup bid is a possible bid led by The Football Association (England) to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup alongside Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland with secret talks having been reportedly held following the FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia on 12 June 2018 alongside the Football Association of Wales, the Irish Football Association (Northern Ireland), the Football Association of Ireland and the Scottish Football Association discussing the possibility of a joint bid.[1]


The 2030 bid is England's fifth bid to host the FIFA World Cup after one successful attempt in 1966, and after three unsuccessful attempts in 1990, 2006 and 2018 lost out to Italy, Germany, and Russia. If successful, it would have been the second hosted tournament by England, after the 1966 tournament as well as the first time as a united bid by the whole United Kingdom.

English FA vice chairman David Gill has proposed that his country could potentially bid for 2030, provided that the bidding process is made more transparent.[2] Journalist Ben Rumsby wrote, "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."[3] In June 2017, UEFA's president Aleksander Čeferin stated that Europe (UEFA) will definitely fight for its right to host the 2030 World Cup.[4] In June 2017, UEFA stated that "it would support a pan-British bid for 2030 or even a single bid from England."[5] Moreover, a possible United Kingdom bid for 2030 was also backed by the German Football Association.[6]


Football Associations[edit]


  • Aleksander Čeferin - UEFA President[8]
  • Ruth Davidson - Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party[9]
  • Shad Khan - Owner of Fulham Football Club and Jacksonville Jaguars[10]
  • Stewart Regan - Former CEO of the Scottish Football Association[11]
  • Sheikh Salman - Asian Football Confederation President[12]
  • Sepp Blatter - FIFA Ex-President[13]

See also[edit]

  • England 2018 FIFA World Cup bid
  • Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay 2030 FIFA World Cup bid
  • Morocco 2030 FIFA World Cup bid


  1. Kelner, Martha (14 June 2018). "FA in talks with home nations over UK-wide bid to host 2030 World Cup". the Guardian.
  2. "England could bid for 2030 World Cup, says FA vice-chairman David Gill". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  3. "England's hopes of hosting 2030 World Cup given boost". Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  4. "UEFA will 'fight' for Europe's right to host 2030 World Cup". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  5. McMahon, Bobby. "Uruguay, Argentina And Paraguay Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup Finals Will Be Hard To Beat". Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  6. "England amazingly backed by Germany in World Cup 2030 bid". thesun.co.uk. 13 November 2017.
  7. "England amazingly backed by Germany in World Cup 2030 bid". 13 November 2017.
  8. Association, Press (3 June 2017). "World Cup 2030: Uefa president backs English or combined British bid". the Guardian.
  9. "Ruth Davidson's World Cup bid to save UK". express.co.uk. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  10. "Prospective Wembley Owner Shad Khan wants 2030 World Cup Bid". si.com. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  11. "World Cup 2030: England-led home nations bid definitely on the radar - Stewart Regan". 14 June 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  12. "AFC chief urges England to bid for WC".
  13. "Sepp Blatter backs UK and Ireland World Cup bid".

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