England’s performance in this summer’s FIFA World Cup gave all of us football fans something to be hopeful about for the future, and no doubt inspired a whole new generation of players to take to pitches up and down the country.
The English Football Association (FA) has previously bid to host the World Cup and been unsuccessful, but now there’s the possibility that England, along with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland could submit a bid to host the sporting spectacle.
Ireland announced recently that it would join the other home nations to look at the feasibility of hosting the tournament across the five nations.
If the governing bodies decide to go ahead, they could put in a bid for the 2030 World Cup. It comes after the United States, Mexico and Canada were chosen to host the 2026 tournament.
ESPN reported that Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay have already started campaigning in their joint bid for the 2030 event.
There are even suggestions that Qatar could be forced to share the 2022 World Cup with neighbouring countries given that current FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants 48 teams to compete at the next tournament, rather than 32 as has been the case until now.
The BBC noted that fresh pressure could be applied to the Middle Eastern nation, which has been mired in controversy since its bid was successful.
But whatever goes on behind the scenes, there’s no doubt that these international tournaments capture the imagination of countless young football fans around the world.
If your children love football and want to hone their skills with the support of professional coaches, look into sending them to a football academy in the UK.