FA ready to seek government green light to launch joint bid for Euro 2028
The Football Association is ready to ask for the government’s green light to go ahead with a joint bid by the UK and Ireland to host Euro 2028 instead of World Cup 2030.
sports post revealed exclusively on October 16 that plans for a joint British effort to host the World Cup in 2030 would be rejected due to a lack of support from UEFA, which favors Spain and Portugal as Europe’s main hosts.
The same report indicated that a plot was emerging to host the European Championships in 2028, and those plans now appeared to be significantly advanced.
While no final decision will be made until a feasibility study from Whitehall into the merits of a 2030 World Cup bid is completed within the next six weeks, it is widely accepted that the focus will shift to hosting Euro 2028, and the findings of the report will recommend ignoring a World Cup bid.
While the study still bears the title of ‘World Championship 2030’, the details will set out why Euro 2028 is the best option for everyone, with some consideration of the merits of a Euro 2032 tender.
The FA is ready to get the green light for a joint bid from the UK and Ireland to host Euro 2028
There is a feeling that Boris Johnson’s legacy could benefit from a successful attempt to host the European Championship
The inquiry is being led by David Courell, the outgoing FA’s Head of Business Management, who will leave St George’s Park in the coming weeks to take on the role of Chief Operations Officer at the Football Association of Ireland.
Courell is a former Deloitte consultant and has worked for the 2012 London Olympics, where he was venue manager at London Stadium.
A senior UEFA source said Courell’s feasibility study was “largely influenced by UEFA’s desire to end the World Cup bid” but will incorporate its own findings into the pros and cons of such a tender.
A study will show why Euro 2028 is the best option for everyone instead of the 2030 World Cup
“Officially, the study is still before 2030 and will be covered in detail, but the study was effectively turned into a Euro project when UEFA announced its preference for a Spain-Portugal bid,” the source said.
UEFA has also made it clear that Euro 2028 will remain a 24-team tournament, amid suggestions it could be expanded to a 32-country format.
“Nothing has been discussed about the possibility of 32 teams participating in UEFA EURO 2028,” UEFA said in its brief statement sports post.
“At this point we can only refer you to the UEFA Euro 2028 bidding guidelines published a few months ago (announcing a 24-team tournament).”
UEFA favors Spain and Portugal as Europe’s main hosts, as reported by sports post
The Football Association of Ireland is the first federation to publicly indicate that it is now considering flipping the FA’s feasibility study into another competition – without mentioning Euro 2028.
A statement said: “The feasibility assessment includes a number of key workflows to identify the recoverability, likely costs and benefits of hosting the tournament.
“To make sure we can make an informed decision, we’ll be including all other hosting options evaluations in our reviews.”
But before actually switching horses, the respective FAs will hold talks with senior government officials to get approval for the change.
The respective FAs will hold discussions with senior government officials to obtain approval
Those discussions will also, it is understood, include any ramifications that scrapping the 2030 bid in favor of 2028 will have on the £500m investment the government has committed to grassroots football as a bid to host the World Cup. eight years to organize would be successful. .
Of course, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s stewardship in crisis following the lockdown party scandal that has rocked parliament, plans to negotiate with the government have been put on the back burner for now.
But with the deadline to submit applications to host Euro 2028 with UEFA on March 23, there is understanding that talks should not be delayed too long.
With the FA personally aware that a bid for Euro 2028 is likely to be far more likely to succeed than a bid for the 2030 World Cup, there is a feeling that Johnson’s under attack legacy could benefit if he were to lead the way. run in a successful bid to host a major international football tournament.
Prime Minister Johnson said in the wake of the Euro 2020 final that he still hoped the UK and Ireland could host the World Cup in 2030 (pictured left: FIFA president Gianni Infantino)
Indeed, there is growing hope among the home country FAs that a bid to host Euro 2028 would stand a good chance of winning.
It is clear that Italy could offer strong competition to the bid from the UK and Ireland, although sources have indicated that sports post that they can focus on an offer to hold 2032 euros.
Russia has also been suggested as possible contenders to host Euro 2028, but the fact that they hosted the World Cup in 2018 could be seen as “politically unacceptable”.