In addition to the Arab country, Australia is also interested in hosting the tournament.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia officially indicated to the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) that it would host the 2034 World Cup.

Jasser Al-Meshal, President of the Qatar Football Association, said: “Last week, we announced our ambitions to host the event in 2034, and this official submission takes us further on the path to achieving our people’s dream.” So far, seventy state associations have confirmed their support for the Saudi candidacy.

Countries belonging to the Asian and Oceania Confederations can apply for the World Cup scheduled after 11 years, as in 2026 the United States, Canada and Mexico, that is, the North and Central American region, will host world football, and the 2030 tournament will be hosted by Spain, and Portugal and Morocco won the title. Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay also hosted one match each.

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FIFA is awaiting official applications from interested parties until October 31, and the final application must be submitted next July. Aside from Saudi Arabia – which wanted to host the 2030 event – Australia is interested in the 2034 event.

(The opening image is an illustration taken at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Photograph: AFP/TT/Jonas Ekstromer)


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