UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that he would ‘love for the home of football’ to host the World Cup in 2030, and the Government has announced funding to pursue a bid.
The Government has pledged to provide £2.8m for the persuing of a bid by England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.
The support has been welcomed by the football associations, who are continuing to assess the viability of a bid. The World Cup bidding process is managed by FIFA and is expected to formally open in 2022.
England hosted and also won the World Cup in 1966. In 2026, the World Cup is due to be hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico.
The UK has also offered to host extra Euro 2020 games this summer. The sporting competition had been due to take place last year but was delayed until this summer as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. As it stands, the championships are set to take place across 12 European cities, however, this may not be possible due to the continuing pandemic.
Boris Johnson has said that Britain is ready to take on extra games and can be confident of this because of the rapid rollout of vaccines against COVID-19. So far, more than 20 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a vaccine against the virus.
On Monday, the Government further announced plans to provide an extra £1.2m to support the Football Association in staging the Women’s Euro football competition next year.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said, “We want to do much more to encourage sport post-pandemic and see a bonanza of football in the years ahead.”