FIFA has raised the prospect of Israel co-hosting a future World Cup, with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office mentioning the possibility of bidding for the men’s 2030 tournament.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino completed a two-day visit to Israel on Tuesday by meeting Bennett and President Isaac Herzog.
The head of world football’s governing body was asked during his Israel trip about the possibility for the country to host a major FIFA event.
“You need to have vision, dreams and ambitions,” Infantino said, according to a FIFA statement.
“In recent months, I was in Dubai where the UAE Football Association and the Israel Football Association have signed an historic agreement.
“I think that co-hosting is the future, so why not dreaming and thinking about it — be it at youth or senior level, men or women — because the FIFA World Cup has this unique magic in bringing people together and in uniting people.”
In a statement, Bennett’s office said that in his talks with Infantino, “the FIFA president raised the idea that Israel would host the World Cup in 2030, together with other countries in the region, led by the United Arab Emirates”.