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Saudi Arabia to host 2034 World Cup as FIFA confirms the nation as the sole bidder… after Australia withdrew from contention to stage the tournament

Saudi Arabia will host the 2034 FIFA World Cup after the nation was confirmed as the sole bidder for the tournament by the governing body.

FIFA announced earlier this month that only bidders from Asia and Oceania would be considered for 2034, citing continental rotation of the tournament.

The move came with Spain, Portugal and Morocco agreeing to stage the 2030 World Cup, with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay each hosting one match.

Saudi Arabia presented a letter of intent to host the 2034 event shortly after FIFA’s declaration.  

Football Australia, who were viewed as the only likely rivals to a Saudi bid, announced on Tuesday it had decided against bidding to host the tournament.

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