FIFA, the Federation of International Football Association, has made a historic decision to commemorate the centenary of the World Cup by hosting the 2030 tournament across three continents, including South America.
Previously, FIFA had confirmed Morocco, Portugal, and Spain as joint hosts of the finals. However, the governing body has now expanded the tournament to include three South American countries – Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay, making a total of six host nations.
In an official statement released on FIFA’s website, the FIFA Council unanimously endorsed this decision. The statement also noted that the FIFA Council plans to hold a unique centenary celebration ceremony in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, where the inaugural FIFA World Cup took place in 1930. Additionally, three World Cup matches will be held in Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay.
While this decision is historic, FIFA is bracing for potential criticism due to the extensive travel distances involved for participating teams. Concerns about jetlag and teams’ ability to perform at their best may arise as a result.
Furthermore, this decision opens the door for Oceania or Asia to host the 2034 tournament. Saudi Arabia has already confirmed its intention to bid for the 2034 World Cup, adding excitement to the future of football’s most prestigious event.