Speaking before the Conservative Party conference, the Prime Minister stated that any application to host would be backed by the government
A joint bid between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup would receive “full support” from the British government, according to Theresa May.
The UK Prime Minister however maintained that the final decision over whether to proceed with an application to host the centenary edition would lie with the Football Associations of the respective nations as opposed to any political organisation.
Great Britain and Ireland are set to host 15 games between London, Glasgow and Dublin during the 2020 edition of the European Championship, a pan-continental iteration to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition.
Wembley Stadium, Hampden Park and the Aviva Stadium will all host group stage and round-of-16 matches, with both the semi-finals and the finals set to be played at the former.
Speaking ahead of her Conservative Party’s annual conference in Birmingham, May pledged her backing to any potential submission to FIFA regarding the 2030 tournament.
“Following the excitement of this summer’s World Cup, the English FA are working together with the FAs of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland to explore whether there could be a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup,” the Prime Minister said.
“The decision on whether to bid is, of course, for the football associations to make. But if they decide to go forward, they can count on this government’s full support.”
England have only previously hosted the World Cup once, in 1966, when they defeated West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in the final to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy.
They did make an unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 edition of the tournament too, but were knocked out in the first round of voting, with Russia ultimately awarded the competition.
The only other major footballing tournament to be hosted on English soil was the 1996 European Championships, where England lost 6-5 on penalties to Germany, following a miss by current national manager Gareth Southgate.
Scotland, Wales and Ireland have never hosted a major competition between them, with Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium a rejected venue for Euro 2020.
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