Saudi Arabia Announces Bid to Host 2034 FIFA World Cup
In a groundbreaking move, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has formally declared its aspiration to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup. The bid is rooted in Saudi Arabia’s ongoing socio-economic development and its unwavering passion for football, with the ultimate goal of delivering a world-class sporting extravaganza.
This announcement aligns with Saudi Arabia’s expanding capabilities in organizing major football competitions, underscoring the nation’s commitment to becoming a global hub for top-tier sports. Notably, the country aspires to host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup and the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup, reinforcing its dedication to the world’s most beloved athletic events.
Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Salman, when questioned about the bid, emphasized that Saudi Arabia’s decision to vie for the 2034 FIFA World Cup showcases the country’s progress in all domains. The Kingdom is rapidly emerging as a preferred destination for international events, boasting a robust economy, a rich cultural heritage, and an ambitious populace.
Sports play an integral role in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, a comprehensive transformation plan designed to stimulate economic growth and enhance the quality of life for its citizens. The bid seeks to unite diverse cultures through football, offering fans worldwide an unforgettable experience.
Saudi Arabia has garnered acclaim for hosting over 50 international competitions since 2018, solidifying its status as a favored venue for male and female athletes competing in a range of sports, including golf, tennis, equestrian events, motorsports, and football.
The Green Falcons, who have qualified for the FIFA World Cup six times, most recently in 2022, made history by defeating eventual champions Argentina in a group match.
Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al Faisal, President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the country’s Minister of Sport, stressed the significance of the bid, stating, “Hosting a FIFA World Cup in 2034 would help us achieve our dream of becoming a leading nation in world sport and would mark a significant milestone in the country’s transformation.”
Yasser Al Misehal, President of SAFF, outlined the motivation behind the proposal, saying, “We believe the time is perfect for Saudi Arabia to host the FIFA World Cup. Our proposal is motivated by our passion for the game and our wish to see it spread throughout the globe.”
Saudi Arabia envisions hosting every match once the FIFA World Cup expands to include 48 teams, starting in 2026. This move aims to simplify logistics, streamline scheduling, and offer unique fan experiences across host stadiums and cities.
The Saudi Pro League (SPL), one of Asia’s premier football leagues, calls Saudi Arabia home, a youthful and vibrant nation with over 70% of its population aged under 35. The league draws spectators from around the world and showcases top Saudi talent alongside exceptional players from various other countries.