The UK Government have committed their support to the Football Associations of Wales, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland ahead of a prospective joint-bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
Plans are underway over the prospect of a bid to host the 2030 edition of the tournament amongst the Home Nations and Ireland, with the FA’s from each association making preparations ahead of the formal invitation of bids from FIFA next year.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) and other associations have confirmed that the proposals have received the backing of the UK Government and have stated their belief that hosting the tournament ‘would provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits for our nations.
Prime minister, Boris Johnson, has pledged £2.8m towards a joint bid from Britain and Ireland and has spoken of his hope of succeeding, following England’s disastrous bid for the 2018 tournament, eventually hosted by Russia.
Speaking in an interview with The Sun, he said: “We are very, very keen to bring football home in 2030. I do think it’s the right place.
“It’s the home of football, it’s the right time. It will be an absolutely wonderful thing for the country.”
The World Cup has been hosted in the UK or Ireland just once previously, the 1966 edition of the tournament that saw England emerge victorious on home soil after beating West Germany at Wembley.
England, Scotland and Ireland are all scheduled to host fixtures in this summer’s rescheduled European Championships, however, with London, Glasgow and Dublin amongst the host cities.
The 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar next winter, whilst the 2026 edition will be shared jointly between the United States and Mexico.