The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has welcomed FIFA’s decision to invite Member Associations from the AFC to bid for the FIFA World Cup 2034, while expressing his full support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s intention to bid for the coveted hosting rights.
“The AFC endorses the FIFA World Cup hosting decisions taken by the FIFA Council as we strongly believe it paves the way for a more equitable opportunity for all Confederations to bid for, and host, the prestigious FIFA World Cup – the pinnacle of world men’s football,” said the AFC President.
“We applaud this move as it will see the greatest sporting spectacle on earth being organised in all Confederations as more potential host Member Associations join hands, uniting fans in the spirit of the beautiful game.”
Welcoming the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF)’s announcement to bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2034, the AFC President added: “I am delighted to note that the SAFF have presented their intention to bid for the FIFA World Cup in 2034. The entire Asian football family will stand united in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s momentous initiative, and we are committed to working closely with the global football family to ensure its success.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be hosting the AFC Asian Cup in 2027 and this will be a historic first for them. We have full confidence that the SAFF will deliver an extraordinary AFC Asian Cup, and carry this same belief into delivering an unforgettable FIFA World Cup, offering an excellent opportunity to football fans from across the world to experience a unique and spectacular celebration of the beautiful game.”
Following FIFA’s decisions today to revise the hosting mechanism of the FIFA World Cup, Asia will have the opportunity to host the football world’s premier competition in 2034 for only the third time in its history, after the 2002 FIFA World Cup – South Korea/Japan and 2022 FIFA World Cup – Qatar.