08 Oct GFA pledges support of Saudi Arabia bid for FIFA World Cup™ 2034
“We fully support bringing back the FIFA World Cup™ to Asia with Saudi Arabia’s bid for the 2034 edition,” said Valentino San Gil, GFA President. “We have full confidence in the Saudi Arabia Football Federation to put on a spectacle to be revered for years to come.”
FIFA opened bids for the 2034 edition of the tournament by inviting members of the Asian Football Confederation and Oceania Football Confederation, in line with the principle of confederation rotation and of securing the best possible hosting condition for the tournaments after the FIFA Council agreed unanimously that the lone bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2030™ will be the joint bid of Morocco, Portugal, and Spain, with Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay to host one match each in 2030 to celebrate the centenary of the FIFA World Cup™, the FIFA.com Web site stated.
Saudi Arabia submitted its bid after FIFA’s invitation to AFC and OFC and said in an official statement, “led by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF), the bid for 2034 intends to deliver a world-class tournament and will draw inspiration from Saudi Arabia’s ongoing social and economic transformation and the country’s deep-rooted passion for football … Saudi Arabia’s inaugural FIFA World Cup bid is backed by the country’s growing experience of hosting world-class football events and its ongoing plans to welcome fans across the world to the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup and 2027 AFC Asian Cup™.”