Title: Australia Considers Bid for 2034 World Cup Despite AFC’s Support for Saudi Arabia
In a recent development, former Scottish footballer Craig Burley has expressed his frustration towards FIFA’s decision to hold the 2030 World Cup in six different countries. The decision has sparked a heated debate within the football community, with concerns raised about logistical challenges and the impact on fans and players.
While FIFA’s decision concerning the 2030 World Cup has caused frustration, Football Australia CEO James Johnson has made it clear that they are still considering a bid to host the 2034 World Cup. This announcement comes despite the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) recent support for Saudi Arabia as a potential host.
In a surprising turn of events, Morocco, Spain, and Portugal have been officially announced as the hosts for the 2030 World Cup. Additionally, Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay have been selected to host the opening matches. The decision to spread the tournament across multiple countries has generated mixed reactions, with both excitement and concerns about potential logistical challenges.
In a bid to maintain transparency and openness, FIFA has invited countries from Asia and Oceania to submit bids for the 2034 World Cup. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Saudi Arabia wasted no time in announcing their bid, which has already gained support from AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.
As an Asian confederation member, Australia remains committed to bidding for the 2034 tournament. The Australian Football Association is not only considering the World Cup bid but is also exploring the possibility of hosting the 2029 FIFA Club World Cup. This strategic move aims to showcase Australia’s ability to successfully host FIFA tournaments following the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the upcoming 2023 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in both Australia and New Zealand.
Prospective hosts for the 2034 World Cup have until October 31 to submit their confirmations of interest. This deadline intensifies the ongoing discussions within Football Australia and highlights the urgency to secure the bid.
It is worth noting that Australia has never hosted a men’s World Cup before. In the bidding process for the 2022 event, Australia was eliminated early, leading to Qatar being awarded the tournament. However, with the successful hosting of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the upcoming 2023 Women’s World Cup, Australia is determined to prove its capability to host such a prestigious event.
The upcoming 2026 World Cup, hosted jointly by the United States, Canada, and Mexico, will be the first to feature 48 teams. This expansion further emphasizes the growing global interest and participation in football.
As the football world eagerly awaits further developments, Australia prepares to step up its efforts to bring the World Cup Down Under in 2034, hoping to inspire passionate football fans across the nation with an unforgettable tournament on their home soil.