2030 FIFA World Cup
كأس العالم لكرة القدم 2030
Coupe du Monde FIFA 2030
Campeonato do Mundo da FIFA de 2030
Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2030
ⴰⴽⵔⵡⴰⵙ ⵏ ⵓⵎⴰⴹⴰⵍ ⵏ ⵜⵡⵊⵊⴰ ⵏ ⵓⴹⴰⵕ 2030
FIFA Tembiesarái Yvypavẽ 2030
Tournament details
Host countriesMorocco
Portugal
Spain
  • Anniversary match hosts:
  • Argentina
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay
Dates8 June – 21 July[1]
Teams48 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)TBD
2026
2034

The 2030 FIFA World Cup will be the 24th FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The 2030 World Cup will mark the centennial World Cup competition. For the first time, three countries from two continents will host the competition, with Spain, Portugal, and Morocco as host nations. Additionally, Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the FIFA World Cup, in particular the first World Cup in Uruguay. The first game, alongside a special centenary celebration, will be held in the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay. The second and third games will be held in Argentina and Paraguay, respectively. The rest of the games and the opening ceremony will be held in Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.[2] This will be the first World Cup held in Africa since 2010, in South America since 2014, as well as in Europe since 2018.

Host selection

Main articles: 2030 FIFA World Cup bids, Morocco–Portugal–Spain 2030 FIFA World Cup bid, and Uruguay–Argentina–Chile–Paraguay 2030 FIFA World Cup bid

FIFA launched the bidding process in 2022.[3][4] As hosts of the 2022 and 2026 editions respectively, the 2030 FIFA World Cup cannot be hosted by a member of the Asian AFC or the North American CONCACAF.[5][6]

Hosts are required to have at least fourteen all-seater stadiums with a capacity of 40,000, with a minimum of seven being pre-existing. The opening match and final must take place in an 80,000-seat stadium, while the semi-finals must take place in a 60,000-seat stadium.[7] Hosts must also have at least 72 suitable training site options for team base camps, four suitable venue-specific training site options per stadium, in addition to two suitable referee base camp training site options, all with suitable accommodation.[7] The FIFA Council also regulates requirements relating to broadcasting sites, competition-related event sites, as well as accommodation. In addition, sustainability, environmental protections and human rights will also be factors considered by the council, along with governmental support, the organisational model to be used, besides provisions for the establishment of a "legacy fund".[7][8]

Teams

Qualification

All six host nations will qualify for the World Cup.[2][9][10]

  Teams qualified
  Team whose qualification process has yet to be decided
  Teams failed to qualify
  Teams withdrew or suspended
  Not a FIFA member
Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Total
times
qualified
Last
time
qualified
Current
consecutive
appearances
Previous best
performance
 Morocco Co-hosts 4 October 2023[11] 7[A] 2022 2 Fourth place (2022)
 Portugal 9[B] 2022 6 Third place (1966)
 Spain 17[C] 2022 12 Winners (2010)
 Argentina Anniversary match co-hosts 5 October 2023[11] 19[D] 2022 13 Winners (1978, 1986, 2022)
 Paraguay 9[E] 2010 0 Quarter-finals (2010)
 Uruguay 15[F] 2022 4 Winners (1930, 1950)
  1. ^ Morocco may still qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which could bring their prior appearances to 8.
  2. ^ Portugal may still qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which could bring their prior appearances to 10.
  3. ^ Spain may still qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which could bring their prior appearances to 18.
  4. ^ Argentina may still qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which could bring their prior appearances to 20.
  5. ^ Paraguay may still qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which could bring their prior appearances to 10.
  6. ^ Uruguay may still qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which could bring their prior appearances to 16.

Concerns

The 2030 FIFA World Cup has already been met with backlash from fans, football officials, and environmental groups with them noting the large distance between South America and Europe would require considerable plane travel, which would increase the carbon footprint and negate FIFA's carbon neutral plans. They have also noted the issues for fans of teams who would get drawn with Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, as well as the short amount of rest for players once those teams travel back to the main hosts in Iberia and Morocco. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter warned that the number of hosts that the 2030 FIFA World Cup has would cause the tournament to "lose its identity". Others have noted that with the FIFA rotation system, CONCACAF (which will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup), CONMEBOL, UEFA, and CAF would be unable to bid, leaving 2034 open to the AFC and OFC, which has led to accusations that FIFA selected the hosts to ensure that Saudi Arabia, an AFC member with major human rights controversies, would have their bid unopposed.[12][13]

References

  1. ^ FIFA. "Bidding process 2030". FIFA. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  2. ^ a b FIFA. "FIFA Council takes key decisions on FIFA World Cup editions in 2030 and 2034". FIFA. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  3. ^ "Agenda of meeting no. 11 of the FIFA Council" (PDF). FIFA. 21 October 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 October 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Who will host 2030 FIFA World Cup? Bids from Africa, South America, and Europe in the running, including Ukraine". The Sporting News. 5 October 2022. Archived from the original on 11 January 2023. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  5. ^ Tim Hill in New York (9 March 2017). "Trump travel ban could prevent United States hosting World Cup". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 14 November 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  6. ^ Rumsby, Ben (14 October 2016). "England's hopes of hosting 2030 World Cup given boost". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "FIFA World Cup 2030 – Overview of Hosting Requirements" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 24 June 2023.
  8. ^ "FIFA Council appoints United States as host of new and expanded FIFA Club World Cup". FIFA.com. 23 June 2023.
  9. ^ Fútbol, Asociación Paraguaya de. "Consejo de la FIFA confirma a Paraguay como sede inaugural del Mundial 2030". Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol.
  10. ^ "FIFA World Cup 2030: Everything you need to know". 10 October 2023. Retrieved 21 October 2023.
  11. ^ a b "Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay Get Automatic Places For 2030 World Cup". 5 October 2023. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  12. ^ Klawans, Justin (6 October 2023). "FIFA catches blowback over 2030 World Cup". The Week.
  13. ^ "Saudi Arabia set to host 2034 World Cup". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 31 October 2023. Retrieved 31 October 2023.