FIFA confirm 2030 World Cup to take place across six countries and three continents
FIFA have confirmed that the 2030 World Cup will be hosted across six countries in South America, Africa and Europe.
Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Morocco, Portugal and Spain will all host fixtures in the competition as world football's biggest tournament marks it's centenary year, the first time the competition has been held across multiple continents.
The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930 and the Estadio Centenario will host the opening fixture of the 2030 competition mark the occasion.
The three South American countries will all host a single match before the competition moves across the Atlantic to Africa and Europe.
“In a divided world, FIFA and football are uniting,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “The FIFA Council, representing the entire world of football, unanimously agreed to celebrate the centenary of the FIFA World Cup, whose first edition was played in Uruguay in 1930, in the most appropriate way. As a result, a celebration will take place in South America and three South American countries - Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay - will organise one match each of the FIFA World Cup 2030. The first of these three matches will of course be played at the stadium where it all began, in Montevideo’s mythical Estádio Centenário, precisely to celebrate the centenary edition of the FIFA World Cup.”
“The FIFA Council also agreed unanimously that the only bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2030 will be the joint bid of Morocco, Portugal and Spain," the FIFA President added. “Two continents - Africa and Europe - united not only in a celebration of football but also in providing unique social and cultural cohesion. What a great message of peace, tolerance and inclusion. “In 2030, we will have a unique global footprint, three continents – Africa, Europe and South America – six countries – Argentina, Morocco, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay – welcoming and uniting the world while celebrating together the beautiful game, the centenary and the FIFA World Cup,” the FIFA President concluded.
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