Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay have announced plans for a 2030 World Cup joint bid. The plans were announced on Wednesday in Buenos Aires.
The bidding process for the 2030 World Cup is still years away. The 2026 edition doesn’t have a host but a three country joint bid has also been announced.
The 2030 World Cup will mark the 100 years of the first World Cup, which took place in Uruguay. The 2030 World Cup will be the second edition to have the expansion approved by FIFA recently. The changes allow 48 teams to qualify and the group stage will have 16 teams of three.
Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes said that the first meeting will be organized in the first week of November. He added that other countries will be interested in being hosts but that there is a strong argument in favor of Uruguay, which hosted the first World Cup in 1930. Argentina has also hosted a World Cup but not Paraguay.
The most recent World Cup was hosted by Brazil back in 2014. The next two editions will be in Russia and Qatar. Earlier this year, the US, Mexico and Canada announced a joint bid. The bidding race currently has the joint bid and Morocco.
The bidding process for the 2030 edition is still some time away but the joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay is the first to be announced. Experts are already saying it is likely hard to beat as Uruguay was the first to host the tournament and the 2030 edition will mark 100 years.
The plans for a joint bid come just weeks after Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez wore kits with the numbers 20 and 30 before a World Cup qualifier.
Other details are not known since the plans are in the early stages but we do know that the tournament will feature 48 teams, which was part of the expansion approved by FIFA back in January. The 2026 edition will be the first to see those changes.