Morocco, Spain, and Portugal are slated to be the official hosts of the World Cup, decided the FIFA Council meeting on Wednesday, as the 2030 edition is poised to make history by spanning six different nations across three continents, in a surprising move to commemorate the tournament’s 100th anniversary.
The tournament’s kickoff will harken back to its South American origins with the initial three matches set to be held in Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the tournament in Latin America.
The culmination of covert negotiations spanning several months between UEFA, the South American, and African football federations.
Following consensus among these parties, the proposal was presented to FIFA, the global governing body of football, which is believed to be provisionally supportive. However, the final approval of this concept is contingent upon endorsement at the forthcoming FIFA Congress in the next year.
Spain, Portugal, and Morocco had emerged as front-runners in the bid to host the 2030 World Cup, following their joint bid confirmation earlier this year. Such a decision would have left South American football enthusiasts disheartened.