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FIFA suggests Israel and Arab neighbours bid to host 2030 World Cup

According to a social media post shared by Bennett's spokesperson on the official Twitter account: "During the discussion with Israeli Premier Naftali Bennet, FIFA chief Gianni Infantino raised the idea that Israel would host the #WorldCup in 2030, together with other countries in the region, most notably with the United Arab Emirates."

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Published October 13,2021
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino has suggested Israel and other states in the region bid to host the 2030 World Cup, the office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said following a meeting late Tuesday.

Infantino became the first head of the world football governing body to visit Israel this week and, according to Bennett's spokesperson on Twitter: "In their discussion, the FIFA chief raised the idea that Israel would host the #WorldCup in 2030, together with other countries in the region, most notably with the United Arab Emirates."

The tournament in nine years is also desired by South America, who could bid with Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile, while a combined United Kingdom bid has also been mooted.

Portugal and Spain, along with China, have also expressed interest.

The host is to be decided in 2024. After the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the first 48-nation World Cup in 2026 will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

FIFA is considering the feasibility of hosting the World Cup every two years from 2028 but this has met with opposition from various bodies within the game including European confederation UEFA.

In September 2020, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates became the first Gulf countries to establish official ties with Israel, crossing a decades-old line drawn by most Arab states, which refused to establish relations with Israel before the resolution of the conflict with Palestine.

Since then, Israel has also signed similar agreements with Morocco and Sudan to normalize ties.

Previously, only two Arab states - Egypt and Jordan - maintained diplomatic relations with Israel.