East Asia

FIFA boosts China’s chance of hosting 2030 World Cup

FIFA recently proposes a new legal text giving its ruling council power to decide “if circumstances so require” that a continent could skip just one World Cup before hosting again.

The new proposal would allow China bid to host the 2030 World Cup, only eight years after Qatar.

FIFA imposed the two-tournament block last October, preventing European members from 2026 World Cup bidding because Russia is hosting in 2018.

The move favoured the North American co-hosting bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Now, FIFA wants to amend statutes next week in Bahrain so that “in principle… the event shall not be awarded to members of the confederations that hosted the two previous editions.”

However, it says the “Council may decide otherwise.”

The most recent World Cup hosted by East Asian countries was in 2002 when Japan and South Korea co-hosted the biggest football event in the world.