Saudi Arabia is likely to host the 2034 World Cup after it was confirmed that it was the only country to present itself as a candidate. Australia decided today – on the deadline for the application – not to apply to organize the highest football tournament at the national team level and. a few hours later, FIFA made official the Saudi Arabian Football Federation as the only one that presented its interest in organizing the World Cup 2034.La Football Australia (FA) confirmed its decision a few hours before the FIFA deadline, and left Saudi Arabia as the favorite to host the 2034 World Cup despite the invitation of soccer’s top body for Asia and Oceania to present their bids.” As set out in the regulations for the election of the organiser approved by the FIFA Council, the FIFA administration will carry out a process of submission and evaluation of bids for the 2030 and 2034 editions of the World Cup. The hosts will be appointed at FIFA Congresses, to be held no later than the fourth quarter of 2024,” the International Federation said in a statement. Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s sports minister, said the World Cup bid “constitutes an important and natural step in our journey as a country passionate about football.” In this way, the 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada; in 2030 it will be in Morocco, Portugal and Spain with matches also in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay; Despite receiving support from the Asian Football Confederation, Saudi Arabia is seen as a controversial host, receiving numerous criticisms for human rights violations, women’s rights abuses, the criminalization of homosexuality, the restriction of freedom of expression, and the war with neighboring Yemen.