Football Federation Australia (FFA) chief James Johnson is optimistic about hosting men’s world cup after winning bid to host 2023 women’s world cup few days ago. Australia bid for 2022 world cup but they were flopped completely in getting attention from FIFA council members during voting process.
According to FFA boss, Australia is understanding the mythology work behind choosing a hosting nation for FIFA world cup and now OZ are working towards bidding for men’s event as if 2023 women’s world cup becomes successful.
“Our immediate focus is obviously on the 2023 World Cup but we should be open to bidding for a men’s event. It’s not out of the question because it’s something we should talk about and debate. I don’t see why we wouldn’t do so,” James was quoted as saying by SBS media.
The upcoming world cups are scheduled to play in Qatar (2022) and USA/Mexico/Canada (2026). 2030 world cup football will have 48 teams in the tournament and it will be huge opportunity for Australia if they get hosting rights.
“Our focus is to organise the best world cup in the history of the women’s game. It is our expectation and FIFA’s too but the 2030 World Cup in Australia is possible. Why not?”
Europe hosted last world cup in 2018 and they’ll be bidding for 2030 event for sure and are front line runners to acquire rights.
“Men’s and women’s football has grown enormously in the last two decades and trends are changing. We have seen that the process of voting at FIFA is completely different to the one that was in place in 2010. There is greater transparency in the voting and FIFA are very clear about what they want in the bidding process so bidders can set their bids around what the governing body is trying to deliver.”
FIFA world cup to celebrate 100 years of event success in 2030 as first world cup was played in 1930. Football governing council to decide 2030 world cup hosts in 2024.