Saudi Arabia is set to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup after Australia has backed out of the bidding.

Football Australia confirmed its decision only hours before FIFA’s deadline for declarations of interest on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia is the only other nation to bid.

The 2026 World Cup will take place in the US, Mexico and Canada.

Morocco, Portugal and Spain will host the 2030 tournament, with matches also in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Fifa had said the 2034 World Cup would be held in Asia or Oceania, and an Australian bid was regarded as the only potential challenger to Saudi Arabia, which announced its intention to bid shortly after Fifa’s decision.

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