Spain, Portugal and Morocco to host FIFA World Cup 2030

FC Barcelona's Camp Nou and RCD Espanyol's stadium on venue shortlist 

Interior of FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium
Interior of FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium / Cillian Shields
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October 4, 2023 05:47 PM

Spain, Portugal and Morocco will host the 2030 edition of the FIFA Men's World Cup, the football governing body has confirmed.  

In a nod to the centenary of the inaugural world cup in Uruguay in 1930, the first three matches in 2030 will be held in three South American countries: Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay

Two stadiums in Catalonia are on the shortlist as potential venues: FC Barcelona's redeveloped Spotify Camp Nou and RCD Espanyol's RCDE Stadium

Exact dates are still to be confirmed but it is likely the tournament will begin in mid-June 2030, with the world cup final in mid-July. 

Spain previously hosted the world cup in 1982. RCD Espanyol's former home, the Sarrià Stadium hosted matches between Italy, Argentina and Brazil, while Camp Nou hosted five matches, including a semi-final between Poland and eventual world champions Italy. 

FIFA's decision will be ratified at a congress next year.