Britain and Ireland are apparently ready to drop their campaign for the 2030 World Cup and instead concentrate on obtaining the 2028 European Championships hosting rights.
England’s effort to host the 2018 World Cup, which included Prince William and David Beckham, was unsuccessful. The suggestion for a World Cup bid was included in the most recent Conservative manifesto, and the UK government has already committed £11 million to a feasibility study for the tournament.
Following the Euro 2020 final, Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his hope that the UK and Ireland may host the World Cup in 2030.
However, according to the Times, there are ‘fears’ about a British and Irish bid for 2030, and as a result, resources could be diverted to the European Championships two years earlier. Senior authorities in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland are said to be concerned about FIFA’s intention to expand the World Cup to additional countries.
Back in October, Sportsmail revealed that there were reservations about a 2030 candidacy and that the idea was to drop it – and that plan is now apparently back on the table.
UEFA is considering expanding the number of teams to 32 by the 2028 Euros, according to the source, and will be searching for a ‘low-risk’ host ahead of an overhaul of the format.
Source: Daily Mail