Football Association of Ireland to consider joint bid to host 2030 Fifa World Cup
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Football Association of Ireland to consider joint bid to host 2030 Fifa World Cup

THE Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has revealed it is open to making a joint bid to host the 2030 Fifa World Cup.

The governing body released a statement this evening confirming it had held discussions with its counterparts in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Following the positive talks, it will join the other nations in conducting a feasibility study into a five-nation bid.

In a statement, the FAI said: “Following recent positive discussions amongst all parties it has been agreed that the Football Association of Ireland will join the English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish FAs in conducting a feasibility review into a potential joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.”

Ireland is already set to host three group games and a last-16 game at the Aviva Stadium as part of Euro 2020, which is taking place in 12 cities across Europe.

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And with the World Cup finals set to increase from 32 teams to 48 from 2026, a joint bid is the only realistic prospect of Ireland hosting World Cup fixtures.

Canada, Mexico and the United States have already been chosen to jointly host the first 48-team World Cup finals in 2026.

Should Ireland and the other nations make a bid to host the 2030 World Cup, they will be up against a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Meanwhile Morocco are rumoured to be considering either a joint bid with North African neighbours Algeria and Tunisia, or a continent-spanning joint bid with Spain and Portugal.