Britain and Ireland on Monday abandoned plans to submit a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, opting instead to try to host Euro 2028.
The search for FIFA’s flagship men’s tournament was being led by the English Football Association, which weighed in on prospects of winning after losing in 2010 in a tainted contest for the 2018 edition.
“The feasibility study included an analysis of the economic impact, the political landscape of football and the likely costs of hosting major international tournaments,” the five British associations said in a statement. “Overall, the five associations have decided to focus solely on an official bid to host UEFA Euro 2028 and have agreed not to bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
“Hosting a UEFA European Championship offers a similar return on investment, as the European tournament carries a much lower cost of delivery and the potential benefits materialize sooner.”
The decision is a boost for Spain and Portugal, who are seeking a joint bid for 2030, with UEFA wanting a European candidate.
England It last hosted the World Cup in 1966 and also failed with a bid for the 2006 tournament. But it did host the 1996 European Championships and Wembley had eight games last year when competition was staged across Europe. Scotland also hosted four Euro 2020 games at Hampden Park.
Although the Wembley final was marred by English fan violence before the loss to Italy, UEFA has shown its support for London by choosing to host a CONMEBOL match between European champions Italy and South American champions Argentina at the city in June.