UK & IRELAND DROPS FIFA WORLD CUP DREAM, TO MAKE BID FOR EURO 2028
The Football Associations (FA) of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have agreed to focus on a bid to host UEFA EURO 2028, the third largest sports event in the world.
The decision comes following an extensive feasibility study, which assessed the potential opportunities in international football which included an analysis of the economic impact, the political football landscape and likely costs of hosting major international tournaments.
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.
The FAs’ study showed that 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 released this morning (Mon 7th Feb), 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.
“We continue to collaborate with our Government Partners of the UK and Ireland about the next steps.”