- Australia withdrew from the bidding for the 2034 World Cup on Tuesday
- The decision paves the way for Saudi Arabia to host the tournament
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Saudi Arabia are the clear front runners to host the 2034 World Cup after Australia announced it would not bid to host the tournament.
Earlier this month, the Kingdom presented a letter of intent to FIFA after football’s governing body announced that only bidders from Asia and Oceania would be considered for 2034.
And Saudi Arabia is unlikely to face any competition after Football Australia announced on Tuesday it had decided against bidding to host the tournament.
‘We have explored the opportunity to bid to host the FIFA World Cup and – having taken all factors into consideration – we have reached the conclusion not to do so for the 2034 competition,’ Football Australia said in a statement.
‘Instead, we believe we are in a strong position to host the oldest women’s international competition in the world, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2026, and then welcome the greatest teams in world football for the 2029 FIFA Club World Cup.’
Saudi Arabia are the clear front runners to host the 2034 World Cup after Australia announced it would not bid to host the tournament