Can Asean host the Fifa World Cup?

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

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

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