Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised £2.8 million to the UK and Ireland’s joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, which is set to be verified in today’s Budget.
The football associations of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland come together to bring together a bid to host the 2030 World Cup in 2018, with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) joining them.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government’s support for the proposal as the four football associations prepared to conduct a feasibility report on hosting the game.
The United Kingdom, which has only hosted the World Cup once before, when England famously won it in 1966, was beaten by Russia for the 2018 competition, gaining only two votes out of 22 from FIFA.
A joint statement released by the five football associations read: “The football associations and government partners of the UK and Ireland are delighted that the UK government has committed to support a prospective five-association bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
“We will continue to undertake feasibility work to assess the viability of a bid before FIFA formally open the process in 2022. Staging a FIFA World Cup would provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits for our nations.
“If a decision is made to bid for the event, we look forward to presenting our hosting proposals to FIFA and the wider global football community.”
2030 World Cup next open slot
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, and the United States, Canada, and Mexico have decided to co-host the 2026 tournament, making the 2030 World Cup as the next open slot.
Spain and Portugal, which announced their intention to launch a joint bid last year, will compete against the UK, while Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia are likely to enter a joint bid. South America joined the race as well, with Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay banding together to apply for the hosting rights.
Due to coronavirus-related issues and the progress of the vaccine campaign, rumours surfaced last week that the UK is ‘very likely’ to step in and exclusively host the postponed 2020 European Championships.
Tuesday Johnson told The Sun: “We are hosting the Euros. We are hosting the semis and the final.
“If there’s, you know, if they want any other matches that they want hosted, we’re certainly on for that but at the moment that’s where we are with UEFA.”