Saudi Arabia declared that it will submit a proposal for hosting the 2034 World Cup games. Immediately following FIFA’s invitation for nations in the Asia and Oceania zones to submit proposals, Riyadh announced the decision.
The Saudi FA stated in an announcement that the bid for 2034, which is being led by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, means to provide a world-class event and will draw motivation from Saudi Arabia’s continuing economic and social upheaval and the nation’s fundamental enthusiasm for the game.
Soon after FIFA picked Morocco, Spain, and Portugal as the 2030 World Cup hosts, Saudi Arabia made its statement. For the tournament’s 100th anniversary, the opening games are being hosted by Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay.
“Saudi Arabia’s inaugural FIFA World Cup bid is backed by the country’s growing experience of hosting world-class football events and its ongoing plans to welcome fans across the world to the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup and 2027 AFC Asian Cup,” the statement asserted.
Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), hailed FIFA’s announcement that the 2034 World Cup will take place in Asia or Oceania. AFC has been the latest host of the games in 2022, with Qatar holding the best ever and most ludicrous games in history. Qatar hit some new records which seemingly need decades to be broken by other hosts.
The FIFA World Cup is the culmination of international men’s football, and all continent confederations should have the same chance to apply for and organize it. FIFA’s strategy in recent years has been to promote the growth of the game across the world with the same level of attention and patronage.
The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada, and Mexico as its hosts. For the first time in history, the games will see 48 teams in a different grouping system in 2026. Besides, a three-partner hosting will also be an unprecedented thing to happen in five years.
Top players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and Karim Benzema have agreed to lucrative contracts with Saudi Pro League teams. It happened as part of a larger plan in Saudi Arabia to boost the economic capacities though attracting the attentions. Football, as the most popular game around the world, has been at the center of Riyadh’s plans en route.