The Football Association of Ireland has confirmed that Ireland is set to make a joint bid with U.K. to host the 2030 World Cup.
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has issued a statement confirming that Ireland is set to join the English, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish football associations to make a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
The official bidding process won’t begin until 2022, but the FAI have confirmed that Ireland plans to make a bid.
Government backing – U.K. and Ireland bid to host 2030 World Cup
In a statement issued this week, the FAI confirmed Ireland’s plans to make a bid to host the iconic football tournament.
“The football associations and government partners of the U.K. and Ireland are delighted that the U.K. 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.”
The proposed bid has received backing from the U.K. government who will provide £2.8 million ($4 million) to pursue the five-nation bid to host the 2030 World Cup with Ireland.
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The 2030 tournament will mark 100 years since the first World Cup took place, making it a very special year for football fans.
The next World Cup is set to be held in Qatar in 2022, followed by the United States, Canada, and Mexico in 2026.
Speaking to RTÉ News Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that the Irish Government will “do everything we can to add value to that proposition”, as the idea of Ireland as a host for major events is something the Irish Government has long pushed for.
He revealed in a Tweet that he had spoken to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the proposed bid, stating, “It’s early days – but all sides will cooperate closely on what would be a wonderful opportunity for these islands.”
So it’s great news for football fans in the five nations as Ireland are set to make a joint bid with U.K. to host the 2030 World Cup.
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