FIFA 2030 World Cup to be held in 6 countries from 3 continents

2030 World Cup

Spain, Portugal and Morocco have been named as the co-hosts, with the beginning three matches taking place in Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay.

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The starting matches in South America are to mark the World Cup's centenary as it will be 100 years since the inaugural tournament in Montevideo.

The agreement is set to be approved at a Fifa congress in 2024.

Fifa also ascertained only bids from countries from the Asian Football Confederation and the Oceania Football Confederation will be looked into for the 2034 finals.

Following that pronouncement, Saudi Arabia announced it would be bidding to host the tournament in 2034 for the first time.

Fifa's choice to host the tournament across multiple continents has drawn criticism, with one supporter's body accusing football's world governing body of engaging in a "cycle of destruction against the greatest tournament on Earth".

It is terrible for supporters, disregards the environment and rolls the red carpet out to a host for 2034 with an abysmal human rights evidence. It's the end of the World Cup as we know it, said Football Supporters Europe.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said:In a divided world, Fifa and football are uniting.

The Fifa Council, representing the entire world of football, collectively agreed to celebrate the centenary of the Fifa World Cup, whose first edition was played in Uruguay in 1930, in the most suitable way.

In 2030, we will have a unique global track, three continents - Africa, Europe and South America - six countries - Argentina, Morocco, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay - welcoming and uniting the world while celebrating together the attractive game, the centenary and the Fifa World Cup.

Montevideo in Uruguay, the city which hosted the first World Cup match in 1930, is set to be the arena for the opening game in 2030 with matches in Argentina and Paraguay to follow.

Other matches of the 48-team tournament will then move to north Africa and Europe.

If the 2030 suggestion is accepted, Morocco would become only the second African nation to host a World Cup, after South Africa in 2010.

Spain has been named as joint-host weeks after former football federation chief Luis Rubiales resigned following condemnation for kissing Jenni Hermoso at the Women's World Cup.

Appearing in court, Rubiales was given a restraining order by a Spanish judge, although he denied sexually assaulting Hermoso.