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Saudi Arabia Submits Bid to Host 2034 FIFA World Cup

Saudi Arabia Submits Bid to Host 2034 FIFA World Cup

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia formally launched its campaign to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup on Friday. The bid is virtually unopposed, as no other nations from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) or Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) submitted applications before FIFA's deadline in late 2023.

This follows the awarding of the 2030 World Cup to a joint bid from Morocco, Portugal, and Spain. With the rotation principle often unofficially followed by FIFA, the 2034 tournament was expected to be held in Asia or Oceania.

This potential hosting opportunity would make Saudi Arabia the second Gulf nation to stage the prestigious competition, following Qatar's successful hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has unveiled its campaign slogan, "Growing. Together." The campaign aims to showcase how the country is fostering international connections through the beautiful game.

The nation has made significant investments in recent years to attract high-profile sporting events. These include Formula One races, boxing bouts, and golf tournaments, alongside a growing focus on football development.

"Sharing our football story with the world is paramount," stated SAFF President Yasser Al Misehal. "We have seen exceptional progress in both men's and women's football, and our bid is an open invitation for the global community to join us on this exciting journey."

The next stage of the process will involve submitting a comprehensive bid document to FIFA by July 2024. The official selection of the 2030 and 2034 World Cup hosts is expected to be ratified at a FIFA Congress later this year. The upcoming 2026 World Cup will be jointly hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada.



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