Saudi Arabia Formally Launches Sole Candidate 2034 World Cup Bid

Saudi Arabia Formally Launches Sole Candidate 2034 World Cup Bid

Saudi Arabia launched its formal campaign to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup in a race that basically became a formality last October when the Gulf nation was the only candidate to enter the contest.

The Saudi football federation revealed the bid slogan “Growing. Together” and a campaign logo of two multi-colored ribbons forming the number 34.

The logo “is designed to capture the essence of Saudi Arabia’s young nation, vibrant society and rich heritage,” the
federation said.

FIFA is expected to rubber-stamp Saudi Arabia as host in an uncontested vote by the governing body’s 211 member federations before the end of 2024. A date and venue for the vote has not been announced.

The bid launch gave no new details of host cities and stadiums for the 48-team tournament expected to be held in November-December 2034.

Saudi Arabia aims to host the tournament alone, though some games could later be shared with neighbouring and nearby states.

The first 48-team men’s World Cup will be held in 2026 in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The 2030 edition will be played mostly in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, with one game each given to Argentina, Paraguay and the inaugural 1930 host Uruguay.

Those hosting plans must also be confirmed formally this year. By locking Africa, Europe and South America together for 2030, FIFA was able to limit the 2034 hosting to bidders from Asia and Oceania all but ensuring Saudi Arabia would win.


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