In 2030, it will be 100 years since the FIFA World Cup was first held. England is planning to latch on the centenary anniversary as The FA chairman Greg Clarke has confirmed that a bid is being prepared to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
With 2026 edition due to be held in the USA, Mexico and Canada, countries from Europe and South America will both be eligible to bid for the 2030 edition.
If England wins the bid, it will be 64 years since the World Cup was last held in the country.
It will also be 34 years since the country last hosted a major football event, the Euro 1996 tournament.
It will also be the first time since 2010 that England will be bidding to host the World Cup.
On that occasion, they were bidding to host the 2018 World Cup, which was eventually staged in Russia.
“Last month the English FA board agreed to conduct feasibility work into the possibility of putting itself forward to be UEFA’s potential candidate to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup,” Clarke said, as quoted by Sky Sports News.
“This work will take place during the new season and no decision will be made until 2019.”
FIFA rules state that a confederation hosting the World Cup cannot host either of the subsequent two, meaning that 2030 is the next which can be staged in Europe.
However, it can also be staged in South America and a joint bid from Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay will have a lot of backing, due to it being the 100th anniversary of the first World Cup in Uruguay.
Another bid from Morocco is also likely, as they were unsuccessful in their attempts to host the 2026 World Cup. They have tried and failed to host the World Cup on five previous occasions.
There have been talks of England co-hosting the World Cup with the other home nations (comprising Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales), though UEFA would be reluctant to allow all four sides to qualify automatically.
The FA has distanced itself from suggestions that it should take over the hosting of the 2022 World Cup if Qatar is stripped of the honour.