Saudi Arabia is now poised to become the host nation for the FIFA 2034 World Cup. The decision comes as a consequence of Australia’s withdrawal from the host nation.
Initially, the hosting rights for the 2034 World Cup were open to Asian countries, and Australia was among the contenders. However, Australia’s decision to withdraw from the race has left Saudi Arabia as the sole remaining candidate, making it the probable host for the tournament.
The 2026 World Cup is already scheduled to take place in North American countries, including Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Furthermore, the 2030 World Cup is set to be a global event, with Morocco, Portugal, and Spain serving as the main organisers, and Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay also sharing the responsibility of hosting.
There were efforts to have the 2034 World Cup hosted in ASEAN countries, but those plans were eventually abandoned. Subsequently, Australia joined the race alongside numerous other nations in an attempt to secure the hosting rights. Unfortunately, these discussions did not yield any significant progress, leading to Australia’s official announcement of withdrawal from the bidding process.