FIFA backs Asia 2034 Cup quest

Mercury (Hobart) - - SOCCER -

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.

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