England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland will bid to host Euro 2028, and agree to drop aims of hosting 2030 World Cup; tournament would provide first-ever hosting rights for Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland
England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have announced a joint bid to host Euro 2028, and will drop proposals to stage the 2030 World Cup.
The five football associations have come to a collective decision after what the FA called “an extensive feasibility study” based on the economic impact, the political football landscape and likely costs of hosting the tournament – and with a UEFA deadline of March 23 to submit applications looming fast
In making the decision, the five nations have jointly agreed not to bid for the 2030 World Cup, an aim which was included in the Conservatives’ 2019 election manifesto but which was felt had an increasingly slim chance of success.
“On balance, the five associations have decided to focus solely on an official bid to host UEFA EURO 2028, and have agreed not to bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup. Hosting a UEFA EURO offers a similar return on investment, with the European tournament carrying a far lower delivery cost and the potential of the benefits being realised sooner,” a joint statement from the football associations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland said.
“It would be an honour and a privilege to collectively host UEFA EURO 2028 and to welcome all of Europe. It would also be a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the true impact of hosting a world-class football tournament by driving positive change and leaving a lasting legacy across our communities.
“We believe the UK and the Republic of Ireland can offer UEFA and European football something special in 2028 – a compact and unique five-way hosting collaboration that will provide a great experience for the teams and the fans.” READ MORE