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Saudi Arabia To Host 2034 FIFA World Cup After Australia Withdraws From Bidding Process

The 2034 FIFA Men's World Cup will be held in Saudi Arabia.

FIFA had previously stated that the tournament would take place in either Asia or Oceania.

Australia and Saudi Arabia had been the only two nations to put forward a firm proposal.

But Australia withdrew from the process just hours before FIFA's official deadline for declarations of interest on Tuesday.

The World Cup trophy is pictured on display at a FIFA congress in March 2022

The 2034 FIFA Men's World Cup will be hosted by Saudi Arabia

The next Men's World Cup will be held across the USA, Mexico and Canada in 2026.

Morocco, Portugal and Spain will then co-host the 2030 tournament, although three matches will also be held in South America - in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Saudi Arabia 2034 will be the third FIFA Men's World Cup to be held in Asia. The first was in 2002 when the tournament was jointly hosted by Japan and South Korea.

The second FIFA Men's World Cup in Asia was Qatar 2022.

China has twice hosted the FIFA Women's World Cup - in 1991 and 2007.

Before hosting the 2034 World Cup, Saudi Arabia will stage the AFC Asian Cup in 2027.

Two new stadiums in Riyadh and one in Dammam are being built for that tournament and all three could also be used in 2034.

Meanwhile, there are plans to increase the capacity of the King Fahd International Stadium, also in Riyadh, from around 56,000 to more than 80,000.

Jeddah will be a host city for both tournaments, with games likely taking place at King Abdullah Sports City.

A photo taken inside the King Fahd International Stadium during a Saudi Pro League game between Al-Hilal and Al-Ahli in October 2023

The King Fahd International Stadium, home of Al-Hilal, is expected to be one of the venues used during the 2034 World Cup