The proposal for a UK-Ireland joint bid to host the 2020 FIFA World Cup finals has gained strength as a feasibility study has found the initiative to be credible.
The chances of the joint bid by the English Football Association and the Football Association of Ireland have strengthened further after the FA had presented the findings of the feasibility study to other football associations. The English FA had led the feasibility study.
General Manager of the Football Association of Ireland Noel Mooney is widely reported by British and Irish media as saying that “the feasibility study is positive and there’s a sense that the right thing to do is go forward. This bid is out on the front foot and very well led by the guys from the English FA who gave a very strong presentation.
“It’s a chance to get a really credible bid and hopefully win it. I’d be very surprised if there’s not a very credible bid from Great Britain and Ireland.”
The joint bid proposes the 2030 FIFA Football World Cup games across England along with Cardiff, Glasgow and Dublin. The final if all goes well will be staged at Wembley Stadium in London.
The English FA has already got a shot in its arm for a Government nod after the funding body UK Sport last year had said that the 2030 FIFA World Cup Finals in Britain would be a”crowning achievement”. The funding body is Britain’s advisory institution for evaluation of sports bids for support.
Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay have already confirmed to submit a joint bid for the 2020 FIFA Finals. Uruguay had played host to the first ever FIFA World Cup in 1930 and should be the sentimental favourite for the centenary event.
The bid process for the hosting rights of the 2030 FIFA World Cup finals is expected to start in 2022 and the winner will be announced in 2024.