Australia has decided against a bid for the 2034 World Cup, giving way to Saudi Arabia.
As the desert state’s last viable contender, the Australian association has decided not to register its interest in hosting the tournament with world body FIFA.
“We have examined the possibility of applying to host the World Cup and, having considered all factors, have come to the conclusion that we will not do so in 2034,” Football Australia said. Applicants have until Tuesday to confirm their interest.
Allocation is almost fixed
Except for Saudi Arabia, which has been criticized for human rights abuses, among others, no one dares to hide. The final application must be submitted by July 2024. There is little doubt that Saudi Arabia will win the deal.
Recently, Indonesia rejected plans for a joint application with Australia and other countries, and many countries are gradually leaning with Saudi Arabia. After Saudi Arabia’s breakthrough, the Asian Confederation (AFC) announced its support for the richest kingdom.
Australia is looking for alternatives
Critics accuse FIFA of planning 2030 World Cup paves the way for Saudi Arabia in 6 countries and 3 continents. In 2034, due to the rotation principle, only organizers from Asia and Oceania will be considered; FIFA wants to host the tournament at the end of next year.
Australia, which co-hosts the 2023 Women’s World Cup with New Zealand, wants to bid for the 2026 Women’s Asian Cup and 2029 Men’s Club World Cup instead. The Summer Olympics will also be held in Brisbane in 2032.
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