Southeast Asia

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino supports ASEAN’s World Cup bid

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a recent conference that he would support ASEAN’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup.

Infantino has long been known as one of the key supporters of the idea that allows up to three countries to host the World Cup. The 46-year-old football official said co-hosting would open the door to many associations, as well as reducing hosting cost and minimizing risks.

“I support co-hosting, which opens, of course, the doors to many associations, and ASEAN is a region which is passionate about football,” Infantino told reporters.

“For a country alone in the ASEAN region it’s difficult to host the World Cup, but for several countries, why not.” he added.

In the same conference, Myanmar Football Federation chairman Zaw Zaw also talked about the possibility of ASEAN hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2034.

“Today, this morning, we had a council meeting (about when) we’re going to host the World Cup in ASEAN,” he told local supporters.

“We were discussing 2034,” he added.