The British newspaper “The Times” said that Saudi Arabia is drawing up plans for a possible bid to host the 2030 World Cup that could lead to the country becoming a competitor to a joint British and Irish bid.
According to the sources, the Saudis have hired a US consulting firm to develop a bidding strategy for the tournament. adding, they are considering bidding jointly with a country from another confederation.
The move may explain why the Saudi Football Association last week asked FiFA to consider holding the World Cup every two years. The kingdom also have close ties to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, which could help in the bid.
The Times also indicated that Saudi Arabia will compete with England and Ireland to host the World Cup 9 years from now.
FIFA Congress members voted at the 71st meeting to approve the proposal by the Saudi Federation to study the feasibility of holding men’s and women’s World Cup matches every two years by 166 votes, officially approving their proposal.