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2030 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup 2030
Tournament details
Teams TBA (under current rules: 48) (from 6 confederations)
2026
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The 2030 FIFA World Cup will be the 24th FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football championship contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. This will be 100 years after the first World Cup.

Expected allocation

On March 30, 2017, the Bureau of the FIFA Council (composed of the FIFA president and the presidents of each of the six confederations) proposed a slot allocation for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The recommendation was submitted for the ratification by the FIFA Council.[1][2]

On May 9, 2017, two days before the 67th FIFA Congress, the FIFA Council approved the slot allocation in a meeting in Manama, Bahrain. It includes an intercontinental playoff tournament involving six teams to decide the last two FIFA World Cup berths.[3]

Confederation FIFA eligible members Places in finals
(including hosts)
Percentage of members
with places in finals
Places before 2026
(excluding hosts,
including half-places)
AFC 46 817%4.5
CAF 54 917%5
CONCACAF 35 617%3.5
CONMEBOL 10 660%4.5
OFC 11 19%0.5
UEFA 55 1629%13
Playoff 233%
Total 211 4823%31 (+ hosts)

The issue of how to allocate automatic host country qualification given that there are multiple host countries has not yet been resolved and will be decided by the FIFA council.[1][3][4] The United bid anticipated all three host countries being awarded automatic places.[5]

The ratification of slot allocation gives OFC a guaranteed berth in the final tournament for the first time in FIFA World Cup history. The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first tournament in which all six confederations have guaranteed berths.

Playoff tournament

A playoff tournament involving six teams will be held to decide the last two FIFA World Cup berths,[1] consisting of one team per confederation (except for UEFA) and one additional team from the confederation of the host country (i.e. CONCACAF).

Two of the teams will be seeded based on the FIFA World Rankings, and the seeded teams will play for a FIFA World Cup berth against the winners of the first two knockout games involving the four unseeded teams.

The tournament is to be played in the host country(ies) and to be used as a test event for the FIFA World Cup. The existing playoff window of November 2025 has been suggested as a tentative date for the 2026 edition.

Host selection

The bidding process for the world cup is yet to start. Some early bids for the 2030 FIFA World Cup - the Centennial World Cup - have however been proposed. The first proposed bid has been a collective bid by the members of the Argentine Football Association and Uruguayan Football Association into a proposed joint bid.[6] The second was by The Football Association of England.[7] The third was by The Royal Moroccan Football Federation in a joint bid with the Algerian Football Federation and the Tunisian Football Federation.[8] Under FIFA rules as of 2017, the 2030 World Cup cannot be held in Asia (AFC), as its members are excluded from the bidding following the selection of Qatar in 2022, and in North America (CONCACAF), where the 2026 edition in Canada, Mexico and the United States will be hosted.[9][7]

The joint bid by Argentina and Uruguay was announced on 29 July 2017.[10] Before a match between Uruguay and Argentina in Montevideo four weeks later, Uruguay's Luis Suárez and Argentina's Lionel Messi – teammates at FC Barcelona – promoted the bid with commemorative shirts.[11] On 31 August 2017, it was suggested Paraguay would join as a third host.[12] CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, confirmed the joint three-way bid in September 2017.[13] The Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay bid would coincide with the centennial anniversary of the first FIFA World Cup final hosted by Uruguay as well as the bicentennial of the first Constitution of Uruguay.

In 2015, The Football Association (the football association of England) vice-chairman David Gill had stated that his country could potentially bid for 2030, provided that the bidding process was made more transparent.[14] Journalist Ben Rumsby wrote, "England is one of few countries that could stage even a 48-nation event[15] in its entirety, while Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn made it clear earlier this year bidding for 2030 was an option."[7] In June 2017, UEFA's president Aleksander Čeferin stated that Europe (UEFA) would definitely fight for its "turn" to host the World Cup in 2030.[16] The same month, UEFA stated that "it would support a pan-British bid for 2030 or even a single bid from England."[17] Moreover, a possible United Kingdom bid for 2030 was also backed by the German Football Association.[18] On 15 July 2018, Deputy Leader of the UK Labour Party, Tom Watson, said in an interview that he and his party backed a 2030 World Cup bid for the UK saying that "I hope it's one of the first things a Labour government does, which is work with our FA to try and put a World Cup bid together."[19] On 16 July 2018, British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her support of the bid and her openness about discussions with football authorities.[20][21] Although there had been no prior discussion with the Football Association, the Scottish FA also expressed its interest about joining a Home Nations bid.[22] Former Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish has called the Scottish government and the Scottish Football Association to bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup with the other British nations.[23]

On 17 June 2018, the English Football Association announced that they are in talks with home nations over a UK-wide bid to host 2030 World Cup.[24] On 1 August 2018, it was reported that the FA was preparing a bid for England to host the World Cup in 2030. A decision is expected to be made in 2019, after the FA will conduct a feasibility work on a potential bid.[25] On late August, the Scottish Football Association and Welsh Football Association have confirmed that exploratory talks are below method for a British bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.[26] UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin wants only one European bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. He also considers the British bid as the wisest idea.[27] There is also talks about the Football Association of Ireland joining a possible British bid.[28]

The Scottish Football Association considered the potential British bid as a great opportunity to get funds to renovate and redevelopp the Hampden Park in Glasgow, the Scotland national football team's home stadium.[29]

On 17 June 2018, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation announced its co-bidding for the 2030 World Cup. There are two possible joint bids one with the Tunisia and the Algeria.[30]

Current FIFA rules block Asian Football Confederation nations from hosting the 2030 World Cup following the selection of Qatar in 2022.[7] Nevertheless, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in suggested in June 2017 that the World Cup be hosted by a Northeast Asian block including both South Korea and North Korea, telling FIFA president Gianni Infantino it would improve relations in the region.[31] Chung Mong-gyu, the head of the Korea Football Association, renewed the offer to the DPR Korea Football Association, the Chinese Football Association and the Japan Football Association at the FIFA Congress in Moscow in June 2018.[32] South Korean president Moon discussed the proposal again with Infantino during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[33]

On 10 July 2018, Egypt's Sports Minister expressed interest in bidding to host.[34]

Cameroonian presidential candidate Joshua Osih’s political program includes nominating his country along with two sub-Saharan African countries to host the 2030 World Cup, according to Cameroonian channel CRTV.[35]

On 12 September 2018, Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez discussed about the possibility for Spain to bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Royal Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales.[36]

Confirmed plan to bid

CONMEBOL
Uruguay-Argentina-Paraguay 2030

The logo for the Uruguay–Argentina–Paraguay World Cup bid.

CAF
UEFA


AFC
ASEAN 2030

The logo for the ASEAN World Cup bid.

Expressed interest in bidding

CAF
UEFA
AFC[lower-alpha 3]

Notes

  1. While it is the national football association that is eligible to bid, it was the country – which can not bid itself – that expressed interest in bidding
  2. While it is the national football association that is eligible to bid, it was the country – which can not bid itself – that expressed interest in bidding
  3. AFC nations are not currently eligible to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup
  4. While it is the national football association that is eligible to bid, it was the country – which can not bid itself – that expressed interest in bidding

References

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  2. World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament. BBC (March 30, 2017). Archived from the original on March 30, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 FIFA Council prepares Congress, takes key decisions for the future of the FIFA World Cup™. FIFA (May 9, 2017). Archived from the original on June 18, 2017.
  4. "World Cup 2026: Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament". BBC Sport. June 13, 2018. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44464913. Retrieved June 13, 2018. 
  5. United 2026 bid book. Retrieved on June 13, 2018.
  6. Coupe du Monde 2030: l'Argentine et l'Uruguay confirment leur intérêt (fr). Mondial-2030 (January 2016). Retrieved on 23 June 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 England's hopes of hosting 2030 World Cup given boost. Retrieved on 14 January 2017.
  8. Zetchi : Pour une coupe du monde “Algérie-Tunisie-Maroc” en 2030 – Algerie Direct. Retrieved on 17 June 2018.
  9. Tim Hill in New York (9 March 2017). Trump travel ban could prevent United States hosting World Cup. The Guardian. Retrieved on 11 April 2017.
  10. Dudko, James (29 July 2017). "Argentina, Uruguay Announce Bid to Host 2030 FIFA World Cup". Bleacher Report (Turner Broadcasting System). http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2724516-argentina-uruguay-announce-bid-to-host-2030-fifa-world-cup. 
  11. Gadd, Mick (1 September 2017). "Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez campaign for Uruguay and Argentina's 2030 World Cup bid before 0–0 draw". Daily Mirror. https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/lionel-messi-luis-suarez-campaign-11091664. 
  12. "Es oficial: Paraguay se suma a la candidatura de Argentina y Uruguay para el Mundial 2030" (in Spanish). 5 September 2017. http://www.lanacion.com.ar/2058230-paraguay-se-suma-a-la-candidatura-de-argentina-y-uruguay-para-el-mundial-2030. 
  13. "Sin Messi ni Suárez, así es el primer video promocional para la candidatura del Mundial 2030" (in Spanish). 5 September 2017. http://www.lanacion.com.ar/2059722-asi-es-el-primer-video-promocional-para-la-candidatura-del-mundial-2030. 
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  16. UEFA will 'fight' for Europe's right to host 2030 World Cup. Retrieved on 2 June 2017.
  17. McMahon, Bobby. Uruguay, Argentina And Paraguay Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup Finals Will Be Hard To Beat. Retrieved on 21 November 2017.
  18. England amazingly backed by Germany in World Cup 2030 bid (13 November 2017).
  19. "Tom Watson: Labour would back an England-led bid to host the World Cup in 2030". ITV News. http://www.itv.com/news/2018-07-15/tom-watson-labour-would-back-an-england-led-bid-to-host-the-world-cup-in-2030/. 
  20. Theresa May backs bid to bring football home by holding World Cup 2030 in Britain. Daily Mirror (16 July 2018).
  21. World Cup 2030: UK bid to host tournament backed by government. The Independent (16 July 2018).
  22. World Cup 2030: Scottish FA 'open-minded' to joining home nations bid. BBC (17 July 2018).
  23. Henry McLeish: Scotland should lead home nations bid for World Cup 2030. Herald Scotland (21 July 2018).
  24. 24.0 24.1 FA in talks with home nations over UK-wide bid to host 2030 World Cup. The Guardian (14 June 2018). Retrieved on 17 June 2018.
  25. "England preparing bid to host 2030 World Cup, FA confirms". Sky Sports. 1 August 2018. http://www.skysports.com/football/news/12098/11456493/england-preparing-bid-to-host-2030-world-cup-fa-confirms. 
  26. Bid discuss: British FA’s decide to feasibility research on joint World Cup 2030 bid. Zonamya (31 August 2018).
  27. UEFA president wants only one European bid for 2030 World Cup, backs potential UK bid. ESPN (31 August 2018).
  28. 28.0 28.1 Ireland in talks over joining 2030 World Cup bid. The Times (4 September 2018).
  29. Landing 2030 World Cup will help us secure the funding needed to redevelop Hampden, says SFA chief executive. The Herald Scotland (11 September 2018).
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  31. S. Korean president proposes 2030 FIFA World Cup in Northeast Asia. Yonhap News (12 June 2017). Retrieved on 20 June 2018.
  32. 32.0 32.1 North Koreans likely to tune in and support South Korea in World Cup, defectors say. Reuters. Retrieved on 20 June 2018.
  33. South Korean President Considering Joint 2030 World Cup Bid With North Korea. Forbes. Retrieved on 28 June 2018.
  34. EGYPT PLANNING TO BID TO HOST 2030 WORLD CUP. FourFourTwo (10 July 2018).
  35. Cameroonian Candidate Wants to Rival Morocco for World Cup 2030. FourFourTwo (28 August 2018).
  36. 36.0 36.1 Spain will bid to the host World Cup in 2030. Sport English (12 September 2018).
  37. ElPais. Valdez: "La candidatura original es Uruguay-Argentina”. Retrieved on 21 November 2017.
  38. ElPais. Molestia en Uruguay por video de Conmebol. Retrieved on 21 November 2017.
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  43. EGYPT PLANNING TO BID TO HOST 2030 WORLD CUP. FourFourTwo (10 July 2018).

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