​The British and Irish football associations are preparing to table a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup and are confident that they will be successful.

The English FA have been conducting a 'feasibility study' and presented the results to other associations before Saturday's Euro 2020 draw.

The respective British and Irish associations have high hopes of their bid being successful with games being played across England, as well as in Cardiff, Glasgow and Dublin - while the final would take place in London at Wembley Stadium.

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As reported by ​The Times, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) general manager Noel Mooney said: "The feasibility study is positive and there’s a sense that the right thing to do is go forward."

He added: "This bid is out on the front foot and very well led by the guys from the English FA who gave a very strong presentation.

“It’s a chance to get a really credible bid and hopefully win it. I’d be very surprised if there’s not a very credible bid from Great Britain and Ireland.”

The funding body UK Sport, which helps the government choose which bids to back, said last year that the 2030 World Cup being hosted in Britain would be a “crowning achievement”.


However, the British and Irish bid faces stiff competition from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay, who have announced a four-way bid that would be poignant since Uruguay hosted the first World Cup in 1930 - the 2030 World Cup being the competition's 100-year anniversary.

China will be amongst the contenders if FIFA opt to change the regulations on which continents can host the World Cup in given years.

Asian countries are currently ruled out of bidding for the competition in 2030 as Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, with countries in Asia unable to host the subsequent two tournaments.


If the proposed bid were to be a success, it would be the first time the World Cup was hosted on British shores since England won the competition back in 1966.