Football Australia Hints At Supercharging Men’s World Cup Bid
The success of the Matildas at the Women’s World Cup has surged Australia to potentially bid to host the Men’s World Cup.
It’s been speculated for weeks Australia may join New Zealand and even Indonesia in a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup.
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However, ideas to join Indonesia in a bid were “immediately derailed” when fans of Indonesian side Arema stormed the pitch last year.
Speaking to the Herald Sun, Football Australia CEO James Johnson said he had “no doubt” Australia would host a Men’s World Cup – but when they would be, he didn’t indicate.
“I think we should feel very confident going into a future men’s World Cup bidding process because we’re in a position that the sport has never been in before,” he said.
“What we will be able to say the day after the Women’s World Cup final is very clearly that this was the biggest and best ever Women’s World Cup.
“I think having that in the bag does set us up very well for future bids.”
Johnson had also said earlier to his Herald Sun comments that Football Australia “would [discuss] with New Zealand after the Women’s World Cup,” the idea of joining for another bid.
The 2034 World Cup is the next available to bid on, with 2026 World Cup to be held in North America, and the 2030 likely to be decided between a bid from South America and another joint bid from Spain, Portugal, Ukraine, and Morocco.
Bids for the 2034 World Cup are expected to open from 2026.
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