Ireland could form part of a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with England and the other home nations.
The idea of a home nations bid is being considered by senior authorities within English Football.
It seems like the FAI is open to an approach to join the bid.
A joint bid would have several advantages.
Many FIFA nations still aren’t pleased that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have separate status within FIFA.
It would also solve the problem of including Northern Ireland as part of a UK-only bid.
Although Belfast has no suitable stadium, Dublin could host matches at the Aviva Stadium.
Although it’s unlikely, the GAA could also sanction the use of Croke Park.
They did that for the 2023 Rugby World Cup bid, which flopped.
The English FA is carrying out a feasibility study into bidding for 2030 and a spokesman told the Times:
“We are looking at all options.”
Last week UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said that a joint bid would be “wise”, referring to “that part of Europe” rather than Britain.
Fifa’s 211 member nations are likely to vote in 2022, before the Qatar World Cup.
Ceferin said that he wanted a single European candidate to go up against a joint South American bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
A possible disadvantage is that having Ireland and Britain involved would mean separate governments and currencies.
However, the 2026 tournament is being hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Three countries, with three different currencies.
Officials in other home nations are aware that a joint bid with Ireland is being considered.
“We have to decide whether having Ireland on board brings more to the party than bidding without them . . . I think it would be an advantage.”
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