Ukraine has officially joined Spain and Portugal in their joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced on Wednesday. The whole initiative has been approved by the European football headquarters (UEFA).
The partnership was confirmed during a press conference at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters. The candidacy of Spain, Portugal and Ukraine for the tournament in 2030 is supported by UEFA.
Among the other candidates for the World Cup are two more joint coalitions – Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia, as well as a South American one between Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile.
The 2022 World Cup will begin on November 20 in Qatar, and the 2026 tournament will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It will also debut in the 48-team format.
The decision on who will accept the race after eight years will be made at the FIFA Congress in 2024, where the 211 member associations will vote and choose the best candidate. By 2030, the World Cup will have grown to 48 teams – an increase of 16 teams compared to the current format.
🔴 Spain and Portugal incorporate Ukraine in the candidacy for him #Mundial2030
👉🏻 The project wants to send a message of hope to society from the transformative power of football
— RFEF (@rfef) October 5, 2022