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FIFA World Cup going to be hosted by Saudi Arabia as Australia withdraws

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Asia appears poised to host the FIFA World Cup for the second time. As Saudi Arabia has been officially confirmed as the sole bidder for the 2034 edition. Initially, Australia had expressed interest in bringing the tournament to the southern hemisphere. But opted to withdraw from the bidding process mere hours before the deadline for several reasons.

FIFA has officially acknowledged Saudi Arabia as the exclusive bidders for the 2034 World Cup. Australia, initially vying to host the tournament, ultimately withdrew from contention mere hours prior to the deadline for declarations of interest.

The hosting arrangement for the 2030 World Cup has been solidified. With Morocco, Spain, and Portugal going to serve as the main hosts for the big event.

What did FIFA declare?

The governing body has announced that the decision will be officially ratified next year. The statement indicates, “This initial step completion will follow comprehensive bidding processes for both editions of the FIFA World Cup™, and the hosts will be appointed by the member associations convened at FIFA Congresses.”

FIFA had explicitly expressed their intention to bring the tournament to either Asia or Oceania in 11 years. Hence, Australia emerged as the sole substantial contender against Saudi Arabia’s bid.

Nevertheless, they opted to withdraw from the bidding process, redirecting their efforts toward hosting the 2026 Women’s Asian Cup and the 2029 Club World Cup.

At the same time, FIFA has affirmed that three matches for the 2030 edition will be held in South America. Thus, commemorating the tournament’s centennial anniversary.

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