Saudi Arabia will host the 2034 World Cup, according to FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
The World Football Federation previously stated that the tournament in 2034 would take place in Asia or Oceania.
Saudi Arabia announced its intention to submit a bid in early October. Australia was going to be the only country to compete.
However, just hours before the deadline for declarations of interest on Tuesday, Australia confirmed that they would not be submitting a competing bid.
Football Australia will now prioritize securing the rights to host the Women’s Asian Cup in 2026. The Club World Cup in 2029 over bidding for the World Cup.
Saudi Arabia is the sole bidder for the 2034 World Cup after Australia withdraws the bid
Infantino declared on social media that Saudi Arabia will host the 2034 World Cup in response to Australia’s decision.
“The bidding processes are authorized by consensus via the FIFA Council – where all six confederations are represented – after constructive dialogue and extensive consultation,” Infantino wrote on his Instagram page. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this fruitful exchange.
“Football unites the world like no other sport, and the FIFA World Cup is the ideal platform for a message of unity and inclusion, as well as an important illustration of how different cultures can coexist and learn from and better understand one another.”
“In an increasingly divided – aggressive world, we demonstrate once again that football, the world’s leading sport, unites like nothing else.”
“We all need these occasions of unity and the upcoming FIFA World Cups provide a unique force for good in this respect.”
The FIFA Congress, which divides among six nations, is keeping an eye on the hosts for 2034 and 2030.
Spain, Portugal, and Morocco will co-host the 2030 tournament, with Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay hosting the first three matches.
Following World Cup 2002 in Japan-South Korea, World Cup 2026 will be the second to be held across multiple nations.
In three years, the United States, Canada, and Mexico will host the tournament, which have 48 teams in the tournament.