FIFA backs Asia 2034 Cup quest
SOUTH–EAST Asian countries have signed a deal with soccer’s global governing body FIFA to jointly boost the sport as its president said he was happy with the region’s plan to bid for the 2034 World Cup.
The deal, signed at the summit Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), aims to boost education for the sport in the area, particularly through FIFA’s Football for Schools Program.
Asia has held soccer’s international showpiece once when Japan and South Korea were joint hosts in 2002, the only time it has been hosted by more than one country.
The idea of ASEAN hosting the World Cup was mooted at the beginning of the decade and advocates say the move could help the region’s profile and integration.