The World football governing body has decided to retain only the joint candidacy of of Morocco, Spain and Portugal, FIFA council said on Tuesday.
However, with the announcement, it is not a direct ticket to hosting the prestigious 2030 World Cup. The candidate countries are required to comply with a list of specifications summarised in infrastructure to ecological impact.
The three countries must still go through the application process established by FIFA and obtain, at the end of 2024, the ratification of the 211 member federations which make up the “parliament” of football.
FIFA requires three fundamental aspects. First, the infrastructure necessary for the reception of the competition, in particular the key sites.
Then, the legal framework must be established, in particular what relates to government support and contractual documentation.
Finally, all societal and environmental benefits must be defined as objectives of candidates for the organization.
The famous “Bid Book”, which each candidacy must present, must include objective data which will then be submitted rating by independent experts, before being presented to the vote of the plenary of FIFA.
In this book, there are 5 chapters: vision and key indicators, infrastructures, services, commercial, as well as sustainability and human rights.
Each of these chapters contains, in turn, segments which include vision, infrastructure, services, commercial information and human rights.
Each segment is subjected to a scale of notes and a risk assessment, but the most determining obviously remains the infrastructure, including stadiums, accommodation, equipment available to teams and referees, as well as transport.
Just for the infrastructure, each application file must present 14 stadiums, half of which must be already existing.
These speakers are split into three categories: stadiums with a capacity of 80,000 places for opening and final matches, 60,000-seat stadiums for semi-finals and 40,000 places stadiums for the games of the phase of groups, 16th, 8th and quarter -finals.
By the end of 2024, Morocco, Spain and Portugal must confirm their status as organizers of the 2030 World Cup and meet the very picky requirements of FIFA.