Saudi Arabia appears set to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup as Australia opted out of the bidding contest. FIFA’s deadline for bids passed, leaving Saudi Arabia the sole candidate.
FIFA must confirm Saudi Arabia as the hosts, likely in the coming year, but victory seems certain.
This achievement marks Saudi Arabia’s remarkable journey in global sports.
They’ve invested heavily in star footballers, acquired Newcastle United, launched the LIV Golf tour, and hosted major boxing bouts.
When FIFA fast-tracked the 2034 hosting race, only Asia and Oceania member federations could bid. This gave them limited time, but Saudi Arabia swiftly announced their bid, supported by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
For the 48-team tournament, FIFA’s bidding requirements stipulate the need for 14 stadiums.
Saudi Arabia will also host the 2027 Men’s Asian Cup and is actively constructing and renovating stadiums for the World Cup.
In a statement, Saudi Arabia’s Sports Minister, Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal, expressed the following.
“Hosting a FIFA World Cup in 2034 would help us achieve our dream of becoming a leading nation in world sport and would mark a significant milestone in the country’s transformation,”
“As an emerging and welcoming home for all sports, we believe that hosting a FIFA World Cup is a natural next step in our football journey.”