Can Asean host the Fifa World Cup?

Singapore's National Stadium has a seating capacity of 55,000. Fifa requires host cities to have stadiums with at least a capacity of 40,000 to hold World Cup matches (60,000 for semi-finals and 80,000 for the opening match and final). With different
Singapore's National Stadium has a seating capacity of 55,000. Fifa requires host cities to have stadiums with at least a capacity of 40,000 to hold World Cup matches.ST FILE PHOTO

2034 may be too soon due to Asean's varying political and economic situations, say analysts

Political will, stable governments and strong economies are the ingredients necessary for Asean to deliver a sound bid and convince Fifa it can host the 2034 World Cup, experts told The Sunday Times.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced last Sunday at the Asean Summit in Bangkok that South-east Asian countries will jointly bid to stage football's biggest tournament 15 years from now.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 30, 2019, with the headline 'Can Asean host the World Cup?'. Print Edition | Subscribe