The highly anticipated World Cup 2030 promises to be a truly global event, spanning six countries across three continents. Spain, Portugal, and Morocco are all set to co-host the tournament, while Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay will host the opening three games, commemorating the tournament’s centenary.
The historic city of Montevideo in Uruguay, where the inaugural World Cup finals match took place in 1930, is preparing to host the opening match seven years from now. Subsequent games will unfold in Argentina and Paraguay, making this a symbolic start to the competition.
Following these initial matches, the remainder of the 48-team tournament will journey to North Africa and Europe, in accordance with a proposal jointly presented by UEFA, the Confederation of African Football, and the South American confederation CONMEBOL. The FIFA council officially approved this proposal during a meeting held on Wednesday.
It’s important to note that FIFA’s congress must formally approve this hosting arrangement.
Uruguay’s selection for the 2030 tournament recognizes their historical role as both hosts and champions of the inaugural event, while Argentina’s participation honors their status as runners-up in that historic competition. Paraguay, known as the traditional home of CONMEBOL, completes the list of host countries. All three nations secure automatic qualification for the finals and the privilege of playing their opening matches on their home turf.