The UK and Ireland have dropped a possible joint bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2030.
The football associations of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic have announced they will focus on proposals for Euro 2028 instead.
It comes after a government-backed feasibility study – as the bid for the 2030 contest was in the Conservatives’ 2019 election manifesto.
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The five nations agreed that the World Cup bid had an increasing chance of success.
“Overall, the five associations have decided to focus only on an official bid to host UEFA Euro 2028 and have agreed not to submit a bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup,” the associations said. football in a joint press release.
“Holding a UEFA Euro offers a similar return on investment, with the European tournament resulting in a much lower cost of delivery and the potential for profits to be realized sooner.
“It would be an honor and a privilege to collectively host UEFA Euro 2028 and to welcome all of Europe.
“It would also be a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the true impact of hosting a world-class football tournament in driving positive change and leaving a lasting legacy in our communities.”
England previously failed with solo bids to host the 2006 and 2018 World Cups.
The next World Cup kicks off in November in Qatar – it’s taking place in the winter rather than the usual summer months due to the host country’s climate.
The 2026 tournament will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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Calendar of hosting proposals for EURO 2028
- 23 March 2022 – Deadline for national associations to confirm their interest in bidding
- March 30, 2022 – Bid requirements are available to bidders
- 5 April 2022 – Candidates announced by UEFA
- April 12, 2023 – Deadline for submitting the final application file
- September 2023 – UEFA EURO 2028 host(s) appointed
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The application deadline for Euro 2028 is March 23, with hosts to be announced in September 2023.
England and Scotland recently hosted the tournament, staging 12 games between them at last summer’s delayed Euro 2020.
Dublin’s Aviva Stadium was due to host four matches, but matches have been moved to London and St Petersburg due to the COVID pandemic.
Eight matches took place at Wembley, including the semi-finals and the final – which Gareth Southgate’s side lost to Italy on penalties.
The game was overshadowed by major crowd disturbancewhich was later condemned by an FA report, which found only “near misses” averted fatalities that occurred on the ground.
In October, UEFA ordered England will play one game behind closed doorsmeaning a Nations League match later this year will be played without fans present.
European football’s governing body also ordered the FA to pay an £85,000 fine, as well as play a second match behind closed doors, suspended for two years.
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Hampden Park, Scotland, hosted four Euro 2020 matches, with games staged across Europe to mark the tournament’s 60th anniversary.
There could be further changes to the leagues in 2028, with UEFA considering increasing the size to 32 teams, matching the current World Cup format.
Euro 2024 is to take place in Germany.