The United Kingdom government is ready to support five football associations bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
The support is set to be offered to the Football Associations of Wales (FAW), England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland ahead of a prospective joint-bid to host the showpiece.
UK Prime minister, Boris Johnson, has pledged £2.8m towards a joint bid from Britain and Ireland and hopes that they are heard after England’s disastrous bid for the 2018 tournament.
“We are very, very keen to bring football home in 2030. I do think it’s the right place. It’s the home of football, it’s the right time. It will be an absolutely wonderful thing for the country,” Johnson told The Sun.
FAW and other associations have confirmed that the proposals have received the backing of the UK Government and have stated their belief that hosting the tournament ‘would provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits for our nations.
Plans are already underway with reports rife that FA’s from each association making preparations ahead of the formal invitation of bids from FIFA next year.
The World Cup has been hosted in the UK or Ireland just once previously, the 1966 edition of the tournament that saw England emerge victorious on home soil after beating West Germany at Wembley.
The 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar next winter, whilst the 2026 edition will be shared jointly between the United States and Mexico.