2030 WORLD CUP TO BE HOSTED BY SIX COUNTRIES
2023-10-07 · 2 min read · FIFA World Cup/Soccer
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The 2030 men’s soccer FIFA World Cup is set to feature games in six countries on three continents in a unique format that will allow the tournament to celebrate its 100th anniversary in Uruguay.
Spain, Portugal and Morocco will co-host the tournament, while Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina will all stage an opening match each to mark 100 years since the first World Cup was staged. The 1930 tournament was hosted and won by Uruguay. All six teams will automatically qualify for the 48-team tournament, with FIFA announcing that the first game of the tournament will be played at the Estádio Centenário in Montevideo, the site of the tournament’s first ever final.
The 2030 edition of the World Cup will see Morocco host the global tournament for the first time, also becoming the first North African side to host official games. Portugal will also be a new first-time host, with Spain having hosted the competition in 1982.
It had been reported before Wednesday’s announcement that Ukraine would be included in Spain, Portugal and Morocco’s bid, but safety concerns prompted it to withdraw from the running.
The 2030 competition will be the first World Cup to be hosted across three continents, and the first to have games take place in six different countries. The 2026 World Cup will be the only other tournament to be played in more than two countries, with Canada, the US and Mexico co-hosting the event.
Argentina won the previous edition of the men’s World Cup, lifting the trophy in Doha, Qatar, in 2022 after beating France in the final on penalties. It was the third time Argentina had won the tournament.
By: Aaron Cantin