Saudi Arabia announces 2034 World Cup bid

06 October 2023
Morocco's joint bid with Spain and Portugal is the sole bidder for the 2030 tournament

Saudi Arabia has formally announced that it plans to bid to host football's 2034 Fifa World Cup.

The 2034 World Cup bid will be led by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF), no details of the bid, such as the location of stadiums, were announced.

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Saudi Arabia is the only bidder announced so far for the World Cup. Fifa has invited Member associations from Asian Football Confederation and Oceania Football Confederation hav been invited to bid for the 2034 event. The deadline for announcing intentions to bid is 31 October this year.

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The announcement of Saudi Arabia’s intention to bid for the 2034 tournament comes after Fifa announced that the joint bid by Morocco, Portugal and Spain is the sole candidate to host 2030 World Cup.

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To celebrate 100 years since the first World Cup in 1930, which was hosted in Uruguay, three matches of the 2030 World Cup will be hosted in South America.

The announcement of a sole bidder for the 2030 World Cup means that another potential bid involving Saudi Arabia will not happen. It was reported in September last year that Riyadh was considering plans to co-host the 2030 tournament with Egypt and Greece.  

Saudi Arabia will host another Fifa event this year. In December, it will host the 20th FIFA Club World Cup.

Saudi Arabia has qualified for the World Cup six times since 1994, with its most recent appearance at the 2022 event in Qatar.

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