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Stadiums for 2030 World Cup not yet designated, says Joint Bid Committee

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Joint committee for the 2030 World Cup. Photo: The Spanish football federation

Several reports have been speculating about which country between Spain, Morocco or Portugal will host the final for the 2030 World Cup.

The World Cup 2030 Joint Bid Committee consisting of Moroccan, Portuguese, and Spanish representatives said that no decisions have yet been made regarding the number of stadiums, geographical disruption, and the hosts for the individual matches.

According to Morocco World News, the joint committee met last week, assessing the progress made and collaboration among all stakeholders as part of the preparation for the 20230 World Cup, which will take place in Morocco, Spain, and Portugal.

According to the Spanish Football Federation, they have not yet come to a consensus  regarding the stadiums and matches each country will host during the global competition.

“Work and technical evaluations of all sections of the bid dossier continue in accordance with  FIFA guidelines and requirements,” the statement noted, adding that any new updates will be communicated through official channels.

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The comittee will continue to hold meetings, with the next one taking place in March to advance the “collaborative work to propose a high-level bid dossier that fully meets FIFA requirements and objectives,”  the Spanish federation added.

This is not the first time the Federation has issued a similar statement to deny rumors surrounding the 2030 World Cup.

Last year, several reports have been sharing speculation about which country will host the final game o f the competition.

President of the Spanish Football Federation, Pedro Rocha, denied the rumors, saying that there is an agenda and dates that will need to be considered.

“When the decision is made, everyone will know,” he said.

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Fouzi Lekjaa, the President of Morocco’s Football Federation (FRMF) echoed the same sentiment, saying: “We have until the end of June to finalize the project. On the day when everything is settled regarding the matches, from the kickoff to the final, we will communicate the configuration of the bid which we will present together.”

In October last year,  FIFA announced Morocco, Spain, and Portugal as the official hosts of the 2030 World Cup.

The FIFA Executive Committee unanimously selected the joint Morocco-Spain-Portugal bid on October 4 as it was the only bid in the running to host the global competition.

Joint committee for the 2030 World Cup. Photo: The Spanish football federation

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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