FIFA has selected Saudi Arabia to host the World Cup in 2034.
Saudi Arabia was the sole bidder after Australia withdrew its bid.
Australia will focus on a bid for the 2026 Women’s Asian Cup.
Following Australia’s announcement on Tuesday that it would not be submitting a bid for the big event, Saudi Arabia was selected to host the FIFA World Cup in 2034.
By October 31st, FIFA had invited bids from Oceania and Asia for the event.
James Johnson, the head of Football Australia (FA), had stated that the nation was “exploring the possibility” of 2034; however, the governing body announced on Tuesday that it will put its attention toward bids for the 2026 Women’s Asian Cup and the 2029 Club World Cup.
Saudi Arabia is the sole bidder who has been confirmed, following Australia’s decision not to move further with 2034.
Shortly after the Asian and Oceania proposals were requested by football’s international governing body on October 4, Saudi Arabia declared its intention to submit a bid.
“The entire Asian football family” will support the Saudi proposal, according to the president of the Asian Football Confederation, the continental governing body of the sport to which Australia belongs.
Following FIFA’s invitation, Indonesia said a week later that it was in talks with Australia Malaysia, and Singapore on a potential combined candidacy. A week after that, Indonesia announced its support for Saudi Arabia’s bid.
Although it has never held a men’s World Cup, Australia successfully hosted the Women’s World Cup this year.
“We believe we are in a strong position to host the oldest women’s international competition in the world – the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2026 – and then welcome the greatest teams in world football for the 2029 FIFA Club World Cup,” FA said.
“Achieving this …would represent a truly golden decade for Australian football.”
FIFA added World Cup centennial matches in Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay, and granted Morocco, Portugal, and Spain the 2030 World Cup.