The UK could succeed in its attempt to host the 2030 World Cup ahead of Argentina, Spain and Nigeria as bookmakers open their markets after the vote.
A joint bid between the football associations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – and possibly the Republic of Ireland – has been debated for some time and could be a first for the union.
Historically, England has competed in major tournaments on its own, while a decade ago it was speculated that Ireland would , Wales and Scotland would team up to deliver a spot to FIFA or UEFA in a summer tournament.
Neither succeeded and the FA was humiliated in 2010 when the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were controversially awarded to Russia and Qatar
But after the success of Wembley and Hampden Park, who are hosting Euro 2020 games this summer, there is an e Renewed optimism that an application for the 2030 British World Cup will be well received by the FIFA Committee.
According to the latest soccer betting odds, Great Britain is 23/10 to host the 2030 World Cup finals.
That gives that Land an implicit probability that 30% of them will convince FIFA of their right to host the tournament. The UK Treasury is reportedly ready to offer £ 2.8m to aid the bidding effort.
Morocco are the current favorites at 22/10 after confirming their intention to host the tournament. Morocco has regularly failed in applications to host previous world championships.
Other African nations are Egypt (6/1), Cameroon (14/1) and Nigeria (14/1). Cameroon itself may want to host the tournament with two other African nations, while Nigeria is said to be open to application in 2034.
After Qatar, the next World Cup will take place in the USA-Canada-Mexico, and South America has been identified as a viable travel destination for 2030
Uruguay (4/1), Argentina (6/1) and Colombia (14/1) are all supposedly viable options, but betting sites make them outsiders as individuals. A joint offer from Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile is in preparation.
As for Europe, Spain and Portugal could submit a joint bid, while a four-nation pitch from Romania-Greece-Serbia-Bulgaria the World Cup -Final 2030 in Athens (14/1).
In contrast to the recent tournaments in South Africa, Brazil and the upcoming one in Qatar, Great Britain and Ireland would probably not have to build new stadiums to prepare for the 2030 World Cup.
Indeed, since the two countries are already well equipped with airports, roads and rail networks, it would be a relatively cheap World Cup compared to the mega-construction projects in other nations that have resulted in « white elephants » Wembley would almost certainly host the 2030 World Cup final, while London’s Olympic Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Twickenham all have a capacity of 62,000.
Murrayfield (67 .000) and Hampden (51,000) could host venues in Scotland, while the Principality Stadium of Wales (74,500) is in the heart of Cardiff.
Plans to convert Belfast’s Casement Park into a 34,500-seat venue are in In progress while the Aviva Stadium in Dublin was slated to host the Euro 2020 games before the coronavirus interrupted those plans.
When England hosted the European Championship in 1996, only three stadiums had a capacity of over 41,000 seats. Today there are 10 club stadiums alone that surpass that number, while Everton and Leeds United are both trying to either build a new home or expand their current capacities.
In addition, the World Cup will grow to 48 teams from 2026 – and that means more games, more stadiums and competing nations.
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