A joint bid from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup has moved a step closer with the backing of the UK Government.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told The Sun he wants to “bring football home”, adding he considered it the right time for a bid.
Here, the PA news agency answers the key questions surrounding the news.
No. A feasibility study is under way and will continue before the formal bidding process begins next year. The Government’s backing includes a pledge of £2.8million towards a potential bid.
The process begins in 2022 with a decision on the host nation or nations to be taken by FIFA in 2024.
World Cups from 2026 onwards will be contested by 48 teams rather than 32, making hosting a significant undertaking.
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Goleador de Uruguay: Pedro Cea (5)
Partidos jugados: 4
Partidos ganados: 4
Partidos empatados: 0
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Joint bids appear to be the order of the day. One is expected from South American countries including Uruguay, which wants to mark the centenary of the inaugural tournament there. China is also a possible bidder while Spain, Portugal and Morocco could team up. Only one bid from UEFA countries would be allowed to go forward.
Recent bids have not been encouraging. England failed with attempts to host the 2006 and 2018 tournaments. With the latter, optimism gave way to humiliation when it was revealed England’s bid, which was fronted by David Beckham, Prince William and David Cameron, received just two of 22 votes. Talk of bringing football home is unlikely to win this bid any friends.