England invented the game of football. But the last World Cup held in the country was over 50 years ago in 1966.
What baffles most observers is how England cannot persuade FIFA to allow them to host a world cup. Since 1966, Mexico has hosted it twice, with a third one coming in 2026. The USA have their second world cup slated for 2026. Germany has had two, as has Brazil and Italy.
It is not like England lacks for infrastructure, or experience, particularly given the success of the London Olympics in 2012. So what is the problem?
The complications, it seems are political. FIFA has been mired in a corruption scandals in recent years. Many are incredulous that a country like Qatar can host a World Cup whilst the inventors of football can’t. However, despite being rejected twice for the 2022 and 2026 World Cup the FA have said “they will not put another bid in until Sepp Blatter was removed from FIFA.” Now he has gone it should only be right that they would put another bid in for the 2030 World Cup.
In England there are 8 Stadiums with over 50,000 seats (Wembley, Old Trafford, London Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Emirates Stadium, Etihad Stadium, St James’ Park and Anfield) As well as other stadiums with high capacity such as Villa Park, Stadium of Light and Stamford Bridge. The reason for so many seats is that many football fans from all over the world, and in England, will want to see their country play in the World Cup. Naturally tickets will be in high demand and they need to seat as many fans as possible.
However, for games with little significance, for instance Costa Rica vs Russia, you’d need smaller stadiums such as the bet365 Stadium or The Hawthorns. This is beneficial to me because wouldn’t you rather have a smaller stadium that’s full compared to a big one with hardly any people in it?
England and the UK have had great tournaments such as the 1966 World Cup, Euro 96 and most recently Olympics 2012. The UK hosted one of the best Olympics to date with more than 10,000 athletes from 205 National Olympic Committees took part. Where else would you want to put a World Cup on? What other nation can do this?
Another factor is the travel. In Russia it took teams 3 hours getting them from one place to the other. Whereas in England it takes 30 minutes to get to Newcastle from Bristol. Meaning that the players won’t be as tired for the game and can have a better performance as a result.
For English people football is a religion. It’s the main talking point at school, work and on weekends. So English people feel very passionately about football, therefore meaning that they will put their heart and soul into the tournament to bring back what they call ‘football fever.’
It’s not the same in places like Qatar who aren’t stereotypically described as sporty people. Even in America, where football is still growing through the US national team and the MLS, their main sports are American Football, Basketball and Baseball. So, it wouldn’t get enough coverage as a World Cup held in England.
The World Cup would bring so much money into the country. This is down to tourists coming and paying to stay in hotels as well as buying goods and services from shops or cafes before matches. They would also have to pay for flights into the country and around the country to watch their team play.
It is not just fans who will do this. The teams will have to pay their fair share to. This is done through private flights, fancy hotels and hiring out a place to train with the team. Therefore, I think that the economy will be boosted. In the last World Cup in Russia fans spent a combined $1.5billion on when they were there, so that evidence alone backs up my points.
The World Cup in England would encourage loads of young kids, the ages of 5–7 at least, to start playing football for a local team after seeing the World Cup in this country. This could be lifechanging for them and may result in a professional contract and a place in an academy. So, England would be producing more young talent as a result of this tournament. Howver, if they don’t make it as professionals, they can always play football with friends improving social skills and make illnesses, such as depression, less likely to occur in the future.