UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain bid to host Fifa U20 World Cup 2021
The three Gulf countries have reportedly expressed their interest in hosting the tournament, with Fifa's decision due in Q4 2019
The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have submitted a bid to jointly host the Fifa Under-20 World Cup 2021, making them among eight Fifa member associations — including those of Brazil, Indonesia, Peru, and Myanmar and Thailand together — that have expressed an interest in hosting the tournament.
The deadline to formally submit bids is 30 August, following which a decision is due by the Fifa Council at its meeting in Q4 2019, according to a report by Construction Week's sister title Arabian Business.
Fifa was founded in Paris in 1904, and has since become the governing body for the organisation of World Cup events and other sports tournaments.
In addition to having a successful track record of hosting the 2003 Fifa Youth World Championship, the 2013 Fifa U17 World Cup, and Club World Cups on four occasions, the UAE has also held the biggest ever AFC Asian Cup event, with 24 teams taking part.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia are also home to some of the Middle East's best stadiums for football matches.