Wednesday, December 20, 2023

The president of AIFF tells members that India ought to consider hosting a few World Cup games in Saudi Arabia in 2034


Delhi, India: According to an internal circular of the national sports body, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is considering the possibility of hosting a few matches of the 2034 FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia.

Last month, FIFA, the world administering group of football, had affirmed following the October 31 cutoff time that Saudi Arabia was the bottom bidder for the 2034 World Cup.

Saudi Arabia's application had been supported by an Emergency Congress of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) held on October 18. India had additionally upheld the move.

It is discovered that AIFF president Kalyan Chaubey told the chief council individuals that India ought to consider facilitating a couple matches of the 2034 World Cup.

There will be 104 matches in the 2034 World Cup, which will feature 48 teams. It is possible that around 10 of those matches will be played in India.

"The president informed the house that India ought to think or want to pursue being a co-have for the World Cup in 2034," the draft minutes of the AIFF Leader Panel hung on November 9 said.

The FIFA had confined the facilitating qualification of the 2034 World Cup to Asia or Oceania after it settled on the choice to have the 2030 version on three mainlands (Africa, Europe and South America).

After India pulled out of a bid to host the continental championship, Saudi Arabia will also host the event in 2027.

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